I have been geeking out here with our WROD only open. My friends are almost all too proud to ski the groomers, and wait to even get their pass pic taken until the upper chairs are spinning.
Taking advantage, I have been drilling by turning quickly within the fall line varying the width between shoulders and a single cat groomer lane.
I searched for threads addressing this topic, but have not seen anything that resembles my ideas. The closest is the effective transitions thread, but the minutia of the details, and upper body movements were not what I'm talking about, so apologies if this topic has been addressed already.
With only a double green available, my drills show how the weight shift can happen in many ways, especially when the turns are only a fraction of an arc before the next withing a shoulder width. I'm talking big radius turns at 3 and 9 o'clock and transitioning to the next before the feet reach 4 or 8 o'clock.
I tip my ankles in the boots for the quickest and powerful change, but being of the older set, I also tried relaxing the active leg, the new leg automatically takes over letting the ski do the work my ankles did before. These transitions are done at a slower deliberate pace, the logic going that expert skiers flying down the hill do not move quickly but smoothly and patiently. Kids slamming hockey stop turns in a skier X wannabe style is not expert skiing IMO.
As part of the relax to shift weight move, my buddy suggested a subtle backstep to put the new edge down easier.
Well it worked like a big dog, and taking his tip to extremes, I found myself doing faux tele turns with my heel down. The heel locked down puts pressure on the boot front, thus more pressure on the front of the uphill ski. This effectively leaves the same pressure on the downhill ski while the uphill edge of the inside ski tightens the radius in an infinitely variable way.
I feel like a monster now, carving two slightly different radii simultaneously, changing the radius with very slight changes on how far back I bring the uphill ski.
When I describe this whacky technique to fellow chair riders, they understandably declare me insane.
One qualifying statement is my skis. My sole pair of boards are some ON3P Billygoats, the original with a 90mm tail. The design is terrible for traditional groomer performance, but when taken creatively they are most excellent fun.
These boards are almost magnetic how they repel each other when close together. Upon the rare instance of the tips, or tails overlapping, it is a simple escape by putting all the pressure on the downhill ski so I cannot recommend this whacky move on skis with any tail shape at all.
Any fellow edge geeks discover this new schoolish technique?