Let me ask you this! Looking at your drawing of the stem christie, how would you initiate a parallel turn from your traverse or a parallel turn completion? What has to happen? Do you hop both tails to pivot around your tips as with the stemmed ski in your drawing? How exactly do you perform a parallel entry?
This is key because it should be the same movements as an advance wedge christie, basic christie, or wedge turn for that matter! Please explain to us exactly how you make a parallel entry happen?
Then what do you do to make a shorter radius turn than your sidecut and flex will permit?
Hi Bud. Glad you asked such good questions. I had a revelation not long ago where I came to the insight that all parallell turn entries are up-unweighted. Except carved turns. It was actually carved turns that lead me to this conclusion. Anyway, it can be debated that a parallel turn can be performed without any up-unweighting but if you want functional wide range performance then you pritty much need to vary the pressure under your skis in order to make them turn quicker. Dissclaimer; if you dont want to stick to the protocol of proper old school values such as counter and angulation and resort to upper body rotation you can pritty much fuel your parallel turn without unweighting.
Traverse: I would up-unweight my skis by extention of leggs and pivot them to initiate a skid angle.
Parallel turn completion: I would not have to extend to unweight as much as in a traverse but a hint since I would have some momentum to carry over from previous turn.
Yes, I would hop and pivot. This is the exact way I would form a parallel entry. Except that you dont have to hop up in the air. Just a bit to be able to start the steering phase. If done correctly the up movement is hardly visiable and the pivot is non existing.
In a wedge turn you dont have to unweight your skis since they are already skidding at a skidding angle. Also not in a wedge christie or a stem christie. The whole point of the outside ski brushing the snow at a skid angle is to be able to steer it through out the turn. The parallel turn is different because you dont have that feature. Your to be outside ski is on its LTE. How do you put it on its BTE and initiate a skid angle is the whole clue to parallel skiing. There is a significant difference.
The whole point of steering the ski is to be able to turn tighter than the turn radius. And/or to scrubb some speed off your turns. A good dry land drill is to stand up on the floor and jump up in the air and try to turn arround. The higher you jump and the quicker you turn the further arround you go. Synonymous with tightening the turn radius. The skis turn radius or stiffness has nothing to do with this. I can easily turn tight with my SG skis even if they are super stiff and with a turn radius of something like 40m.