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post #31 of 33
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Originally Posted by clink83 View Post

Driving the shovels via cuff pressure works ok with cambered skis, but will get you in trouble on early rise or rockered skis since there isnt really anything to push on. Ive found bending the ski by pressuring the soles of your boot works better for both types of skis, and you dont run the risk of collapsing your boot.


Won't work with the new 30/35 meter GS skis, which all have early rise, tip rocker. You have to pressure the tips, as the tips are the only place on those skis that initiate the turn. From the mid ski to the tail, sidecut is minimal. You need to do a forward and down the hill move to get them to work. Lose constant forward cuff pressure, and they just go straight. We are having big problems when we get advanced U16s or U19s on those skis. They never learned to ski that way, even though they should have. If a boot collapses when pressuring it in a forward, down the hill move, it is way too soft for the individual.

post #32 of 33
Short of a full on plug i can over flex just about any boot without trying, but the plugs are too stiff at lower temps. I just try to ski balanced now. Tall people problems, ug.

30/35m ski technique is only relevant to a pretty small portion of the population.
post #33 of 33

I hear you about the boots. I find that even 150 plugs will over flex in warm conditions, but when cold very very stiff for general skiing.

 

Racing and recreational skiing are going in two different directions for sure. The current kids grew up racing short, low turn radius skis that all you had to do was stand in the middle, make a lateral move and the ski carved. You could get away with a lot of bad movement patterns, and still finish a course. It may not have been right, or especially fast, but you could get away with it. Ironically, many of us older guys feel right a home on a 35M GS ski because we grew up learning to race on 40M+ GS skis, but now we are too damn old and slow to do anything competitive on them!

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