Slope Intercepts are used for assessment of speed, distance, and direction. A skier decides how much slope a slope intercept is and then adds in the amount of slope offset required to create a smooth ride. The degree of slope offset required is calculated by multiplying the slope coefficient (Sco) and a slope factor to determine the slope intercept.
The slope coefficient is the ratio of a skier’s vertical speed to the vertical speed of the slope; in other words, it is the slope angle multiplied by the speed. The slope factor is the fraction of slope added to the slope (i.e. .5 =.5 + .5). Adding the two gives the slope intercept.
The slope intercept can be calculated by multiplying the slope coefficient (Sco) and a slope factor to calculate the slope intercept. Once you know the intercept you can then calculate the slopes of the ski course’s slopes (i.e. slope offset), then subtract that from the intercept to get the final slopes of the skier’s skis.
The slope coefficient is measured by hand. It is not easy to accurately measure, but a good slope intercept can be measured with a tape measure. For example, if you find that a slope intercept is 4 feet or more from the center of the ski ramp then that slope has to be offset by more than three times the slope coefficient. On the other hand, if the slope intercept is one to two feet from the center of the ski ramp, then that slope has to be offset by less than three times the slope coefficient.
The slope coefficient is the most important factor in the way a slope intercept works. The slope coefficient is used in two ways: as a range of acceptable slopes for any slope intercept and as a range of allowable slopes for slopes above the slope intercept. The slope intercept is the element in the equation that determines if the skier will slide or not, and the slope coefficient gives the most accurate answer.
The slope coefficient is calculated by adding the slopes of the ski slope to get the slope of the skis and then subtracting the slopes of the ski ramp from that to get the slope of the ski ramp. The slopes of the ski ramp are the sum of the slopes of the two ramps, divided by the square root of two. The slope of the ski ramp can be determined with the help of a slope coefficient that can be calculated by hand.
You can see how the slope coefficient is determined from the following equation: slope intercept x slope coefficient = slope coefficient. This equation can be calculated by hand, if needed. The slope coefficient is more accurate if you can determine it with the help of a practice worksheet, because in a real world situation you would be doing the calculation with the skis on the ramp in front of you.
The slope coefficient is important because it is used to give you a range of slopes, the slope of the ski ramp and the slope of the slope intercept. The slope coefficient is also important because it limits your ability to control the slope of your ski course.