Originally Posted by cvj
Question 1 progression to top level ABOUT 3000 TO 4000 DAYS SKIING GETTING AS MUCH INFORMATION ON THE SUBJECT AND USING WHAT WORKS AND NOT WASTING TIME ON CRAP THAT DOES NOT WORK BUT 3 YEARS @ A 100 DAYS THE SKIER WILL BE PROFICIENT IN THE TECHNIQUE
I think the question was a bit more specific...maybe to start, who are your students? Do you normally work with beginners? Intermediates? Advanced/expert skiers? All of the above? What's the first thing you normally work on with a new student? What are the common problems? How do you fix them? I think there's a few of us that are curious to hear just how your system works.
2 Get a skier out of wedge APPLY HEAVY EDGE PRESSURE ON THE DOWNHILL SKI AS HARD AS POSSIBLE, PICKING UP THE UPHILL SKI,THEN SQUEEZE THE ANKLES TOGETHER
Interesting. Some one skiing with a wedge implies a beginner/low intermediate skier, and I'm not so sure that a one footed hockey stop is the key to success for someone at that level. Maybe I've misunderstood something here though...
3 How to stop tail pushing GET THE TIP ENGAGED BY FLEXING THE KNEES, ANKLES, FORWARD INTO THE FRONT OF THE BOOT WHEN STARTING THE NEW TURN
And here I thought we were on the same page with this one. The move you describe is what causes the tail push, bringing the whole body forward loads the tips for sure, but also unloads the tails, which causes them to wash out and results in that tail push we've been talking about. Unless you advocate bringing the upper body back through the end of the turn to load the tails? I load my tips with an extension and by opening the ankles to the fall line, and move the pressure back to the tails through the end of the turns through flexion/closing the ankles, which I would suggest is a MUCH quicker, more versatile maneuver.
And before you get going on that one, you talk about tip to tail loading in your own videos, not to mention that the best turns by the best skiers (yourself included) in those videos load the tips through extension and opening the ankles, not the big forward move you describe above.
4 How to edge earlier SET A HARDER EDGE AT THE END OF THE TURN WHICH IS THE START OF YOUR NEW TURN
So the key to earlier edging is to edge earlier? Is there anything you'd like to add there?
5 FEEL THE SKIS FEEL WHAT IS HAPPENING IT IS ABOUT FEELING
Sounds like good stuff to me.
skidude Just lead with your upper body. The football reference was to what would the player lead with his upper body when hitting another player.
This is skiing, not football. And yes, I understand the mental image you're trying to convey about being aggressive and attacking the hill, but when I read the phrase "lead with your upper body" used with respect to skiing, I can't help but have nasty visions of intermediate skiers turning with upper body rotation. Gonna have nightmares tonight.
Pivot skid whatever. Why train when it will happen on it's own? As you said they all do it. We train to make the best turns QCT that skier can for the skill level.
So you start the turn by pushing on the ball of the foot then the cuff of the boot interesting. I flex the ankle, push on the cuff of the boot, and that gives me pressure on the ball of the foot. This is what the QCT objective video loading the ski from tip to tail says.
I'm seeing the ankles opening, not closing to initiate the turn. Watch your video posted a few pages back, there a nice slow mo example at about 1:38-1:39.