In another thread a question arose about the elemental nature of rhythm while skiing. While it's certainly an essential element of linked ski turns I questioned if it's something we would consider a fundamental skill, or if it is something else. I have some personal opinions that I would like to share but I'm thinking that this subject tends to be relative to each skier and no one answer would suffice. So with that being said I would love to hear from everyone about their perception of what rhythm contributes to their skiing and how we can help our students discover their own unique rhythm.
DIRT is the term we have assigned to the idea of all of our movements being related and timed to produce specific outcomes. So while still in the technical world, it's very much in the tactical world as well. For example, Making twenty turns in twenty meters would require an almost staccato rhythm. Change that to twenty turns in two hundred meters and an entirely different rhythm would be required. In addition as that rhythm changes the intensity and amplitude of our movements change. Or said another way the blend of fundamental skills changes along with the rhythm. In my world, the act of balancing and the movements we use to accomplish that goal, varies as the vector sum of the system of forces changes. Which is a long winded way of saying that we move differently while executing those two different turn types I mentioned earlier.
Ski Mango Jazz might be able to articulate what I'm trying to say here since skiing is very similar to playing music. At least when it comes to DIRT and more specifically RHYTHM.