In a few different places scattered around the forum folks have dropped mention of a slalom rope-release mechanism.
Thought I'd try to unify that discussion.
My first question is: Ignoring the mechanics of how it would work, how could it be operated? I'm having trouble believing the observer could react fast enough to reliably save the skier from serious injury in the event of something getting stuck in the handle.
I guess I could see it if the policy is just to release the rope pre-emptively in any "ridiculous amounts of slack" scenario, but then some crazy guy is gonna get mad that somebody released a rope he wanted to try to hold onto.
My ski partner and I often easy off the throttle for huge slack hits in practice, but I can't really see how to translate that concept to a tournament.
Obviously, feel free to take this discussion in any direction -- the above is just a seed.
Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan