Ok, here's the answer to the test. The first photo will be the one prior to the test photo, then will be the test photo, and the next two will be the 2 following the test photo. Test photo was #2 of 4. I'm putting the all up, so you can see the entire sequence together.
So there you go, the pivot voters got it right,,, it was a massive pivot.
I found this shot in my photo collection while looking for a particular pic for the intro to racing DVD I'm currently working on. When I saw it I thought to myself, "now there's a big a$$ pivot in the making", and when I looked the subsequent frames they proved me right. Thought I put it up here, so you guys could have some fun trying to "name that transition" too. It's also a good learning tool for those who are reading but chose not to stick their necks out to play.
You guys/gals who mentioned the anticipation, well done. Yep, that's the thing that made this transition a pivot. If he had wanted this transition to be arc to arc, he would have started unwinding the previous turn counter earlier. That's the primary characteristic that separates pivot from arc to arc. Once you get used to spotting it, you'll be able to pick out a pivot in the making from a mile away.
JASP, clad you brought the blocking pole plant up. Isn't it interesting? We tend to think of the blocking pole plant as a standard component of a pivot, yet in this turn there was no pole plant at all. His strength and body control is so good he doesn't need it to keep the body facing downhill and cause the feet to pivot with precision into the falline. I have other montages that show the same non pole plant pivots.
snownat, nice eye on the aft thing. It's the pivot that resolves it so quickly. The pivot auto changes the CM to feet fore/aft relationship. The body diving downhill gets the CM instantly ahead of the feet, once the pivot has happened. If no pivot, then the downhill projection would not do that. The skis would still be traveling across the hill upon engagement, and the body would simply be aft and below it. That's why arc to arc transitions generally see more pre edge angle neutral extension; to get the skier into the front of the ski earlier in the turn.
Snowfan, you may not have known the terminology, but you got the answer right anyway. Cool.
Sharpedges, all those old school techniques you mentioned that this guy is using: probably why it turned out to be a dreaded pivot.
(Folks, sharpy was teasing with his comments, he wasn't serious. I'm just doing the same, joining in a little good natured fun with him that you may not get, but he will)
Edited by Rick - 4/15/11 at 11:16pm