Originally Posted by Josh Matta
hey doug i was nt trying to put your down just trying to spell out what I and many in the PSIA and even the other guys take as a strong inside half. I have no idea how you ski.
A strong inside half to me is when our inside half is leading us though the turn letting us both balance on our outside ski AND guide our inside ski effectively. IMO every modern turns starts with inside leg activey(tipping and then maybe guiding depending on the turn) but we keep our inside half strong to so we can remain strongly balanced with our outside ski. Effective inside leg activety can only happen when your balanced on the outside ski.
I do differ from alot of my fellow coaches that I feel that if we are steering from our femurs, balanced on the outside ski, tipping and flexing the inside ski and moving our COM though each turn I feel that inside ski guiding happens but it just happens on its own. case in point spontenous christies are not really a taught move its a move that starts to happen when people start to balance on their outside ski more.
Hi Josh. No problem at all. I didn't take anything you said as anything but a technical discussion. That's all I'm trying to offer too.
I think we're largely on the same page about "strong inside half". Totally agree that it means "...leading us though the turn letting us both balance on our outside ski AND guide our inside ski effectively", not anything more forceful or impulsive.
I do all that. Where my skiing may be lacking is in active guiding of the inside ski when needed, as in moguls say). I ski much like you described in your last paragraph. On most terrain my inside ski follows a reasonable path with no particular effort on my part... it just happens because my body parts are in effective positions. BTW, your non-mainstream position is precisely consistent with what Lito Tejada-Flores taught in that book. There's a solid (non-PSIA) basis in ski teaching history for your idea. Check it out, the book's still in print.
However, when a very rapid, non-sequential turn initiation is required (let's say in tight bumps or a flush in a SL course) then active, positive steering of that inside ski may be helpful, right? That's one area where my skiing is still lacking, per my own observations and confirmed by an L3 I recently did a private with.
epic's video gave me a great visual. (The L3 did too, of course, but I don't have a "Replay" button on that.)
Now if I could just stop my R hand from falling back during turns to the L...
roundturns - totally agree about Lito's book (funny, I also think of him as "Lito" - he writes like he's your best friend but with a wire into your head, an astonishing ability to communicate).
Your lousy recall of Dynamic Anticipation exactly matches mine, lol. Relaxed lower back was indeed his key. Weight shift - commit - relax and let the skis unwind... bingo!
I now find that a relaxed EVERYTHING is the key. At New Year's I was yo-yo-ing Sel's Choice at Okemo, only very mildly bumped but with zero cover in between. Many of the choices equated to "turn exactly there, halfway up the left side of that bump and then airplane right or you'll be skiing on grass". To my astonishment, I found myself ripping lines at full tilt, groomer speeds with no hesitations, no worries about how much it would hurt if I missed a turn by even 6 inches. I was standing tall, relaxed and the skis just went where they had to. I did four fast runs, giggling at how fun this was, while others were picking their way down once.
Dynamic Anticipation? Or my new boots?