The purpose of this page is to summarize frequently asked questions about the physics of skiing. The physics of skiing is a recurring topic on rsa. These calculations and interpretations were contributed to by a number of regulars, and some not so regulars, on rsa. The questions: The following book on the physics of skiing is clear and fun to read. It's written at about the level of a freshman level physics course, and only occassionally uses much calculus, most of which is well motivated.

15.1 What's the radius of a pure carved turn?

15.2 Do big people go faster?

15.3 A simplified mathematical model of avalanches