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Shorter Line or Faster Speed?

BrennanKMNBrennanKMN Posts: 504 Crazy Baller
Howdy everyone. I have a question for some of the more experienced slalom folks out there. I am a 21 year old that has self taught myself to ski the course. I can run 15 and 22 off pretty consistently at 31 MPH. I have been working on 28 off this year and so far I have made it around ball 5 at 31 MPH.

I almost never adjust the speed on perfect pass, I set it at 31 and leave it. Each set I run one pass at 15 off and a few at 22 and jump into 28 before I'm too tired. I'd like to get into tournament skiing after I graduate college and live in one place again. That means I will need to be skiing at 36 MPH. Should I knock the line back to 15 off and work my way up in speed or keep training like I am and work up in speed at all line lengths?

I am not sure what is the best way to get to an M1 level. I think the worst part of this is I only have a week left before my last pass of the season. Going back to school sucks :(

I'd love to get some real coaching for my skiing, but there isn't a whole lot of formal training available in Minnesota.


  • markchilcuttmarkchilcutt Posts: 935 Crazy Baller
    Get to your max speed then start to shorten.
    Ski it if you can!!!!
  • ralral Posts: 1,718 Mega Baller
    If competition is your goal, you should increase speed and start running buoys at 36. It is a totally different game from 31 to 36.

    You can get free advice here by posting video...
    Rodrigo Andai
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,318 Mega Baller
    What school do you go to? The Midwest has a LOT of schools with waterski teams. See if your school has one!
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Vice President
    AWSA Southern Region EVP
  • tbrenchleytbrenchley Posts: 120 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    edited August 2014
    There is no sense in learning how to ski 28 and 32 off at 31mph if you want to's not even close to the same thing as 36mph. Start with the same opener you're used to and instead of shortening the rope increase your speed each time until you get to max speed. I would not just just up to 36 mph at first but it shouldn't take you long to drop your 31mph starting speed
  • BrennanKMNBrennanKMN Posts: 504 Crazy Baller
    I go to school in upstate NY (Rochester) but live at home (Minneapolis) during the summer. I'd love to ski at while at school in NY but there doesn't seam to be much of a following around there. They have Hidden Pass in Penfield, but I don't know anybody to contact there.

    MN has a better following, but it is hard to get involved in the 3 months I'm home.

    Thanks all for the advice. I will start working my speed up at the 15 off length and see where I get. I am hoping .5 MPH increments should be okay.
  • tbrenchleytbrenchley Posts: 120 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    how you increment speed will be up to you but I would just use the normal adjustments of 32.3, 34.2 and 36mph. If you really want to progress even faster post a video of your skiing, there are a lot of guys that are very good at helping you progress to the next level on here.
  • DekeDeke Posts: 381 Baller
    @BrennanKMN‌ you should take a look at this thread
    The opinions here differ greatly from many in that thread.
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