Originally Posted by CharlieP
I have a tendency to "pivot/push/stem/rush" the top of the "C" on a right hand turn. Doesn't seem to happen as much on my left turns though. Could you give a brief description on what drills you do to "correct" this?
If I might be of service here....
As you're aware, most of us have 'left turn vs. right turn' asymmetry issues. I get them all the time and find there's a rather easy cure for it (if the reason isn't boot alignment or inherently physiological in nature (injured leg, rib, shoulder - or maybe leg-length issues, crooked bones, etc).
I find that most skiers with a left vs. right turn issues are experiencing an unnoticed range-of-motion issue at the waist, pelvis or hip sockets. If so, it can be 'cured' on easy terrain by consciously and deliberately increasing the rotational range of motion in those joints for the weak turning direction.
Working: Left turn
A skier might easily initiate a left
turn. Chances are this skier is able
to rotate the left
side of their pelvis forward in relation to the right side, and create an early inside-half lead. This movement augments tipping the skis early (onto the left
edges) as well as progressively migrating tip-lead from the right ski to the new, soon-to-be leading left ski. Basically, parts of the body that would interfere with turn initiation simply move out of the way and everything works fine.
Problem: Right turn
This same skier might have great difficulty initiating a right
turn. Chances are this skier isn't able
to rotate the right
side of their pelvis forward properly (in relation to the left side) and create an early inside-half lead on their right side. Any inside-half lead that does develop probably develops abruptly - and far too late to assist with turn entry. This lack of rotational movement
early on interferes with tipping the skis early (onto the right
edges) as well as hindering the migration of tip-lead from the left ski to the new, soon-to-be leading right ski. Here, parts of the body get in the way and interfere with turn initiation.
I had this same problem (in spades) long ago and it re-manifests from time to time. To cure it I simply work on exaggerating my movements on groomed terrain. I just find an easy run and deliberately "over"-rotate my pelvis such that I create immediate inside-half lead during
transition - before I even get to 'neutral' edges. Nope, this isn't a 'way to ski' - it's just a way to rebuild my range-of-motion (and movement confidence) in that rotational direction. Once I've forced a number of turns like this and have gotten comfortable driving that problem-side forward as far as it will go ... I return to my normal skiing efforts.
Having done this for as little as a few dozen yards I find my turns are now symmetrical once more and initiations in both directions become equally easy.
This kind of deliberate range-improvement also works for asymmetrical pole-planting issues, turn finishes where I seem to be losing edge-hold on one side, angulation issues where I'm not getting the same deep angles on one side, etc. Regardless of asymmetry, the goal is to regain my range-of-motion (and confidence in that motion) on the problem side. I'd rather do ten really
funky turns and then ski well the rest of the day than to continue doing funky right turns all day.