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In Tribes: Ascend, the in-game skiing tutorials cover game mechanics (ski down slopes, jetpack uphill) but not controls. It feels like I'm more maneuverable when not pressing forward all the time, but I wonder if I'm not achieving maximum velocity if I don't press forward. Should I be pressing forward (w) while skiing to go forward? Or should I just let momentum carry me while skiing?

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Related: does 'wearing' skis in midair slow you down? Apparently it's a troll of a question and the answer is "a tiny bit". – Ben Jun 28 '13 at 2:54
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It really depends on what you want. If you hold forward, you'll go faster, but you won't be as maneuverable. I usually hold forward while I'm skiing, as I think speed is more important than maneuverability in Tribes: Ascend.

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In my (limited) experience with the game, slowing down will just get you headshot from across the map. – Shinrai Jul 12 '12 at 19:26
So you can't reach your theoretical maximum speed unless you're holding forward along your skiing path? – wes Jul 12 '12 at 21:17
@wes IIRC there isn't a "theoretical maximum speed", at least not one that you're likely to reach in a real game. There were speed caps but they removed them early in the beta. W just provides you with some extra forward acceleration, is all. – Tacroy Jul 12 '12 at 21:26

Try to not use forward at high speed, I notice a big difference in both speed and maneuverability (strafe keys gets locked while pressing forward)!

Use forward (and backward if you must) to land properly...

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