Originally Posted by Aero
Since I first saw photos of Stein Eriksen a few years ago, I've always been curious about his shoulder position. It is interesting that he is able to turn his shoulders instead of having them square to the slope. Here's another photo illustrating his shoulder position. It's extraordinary that he is able to rotate his upper body so much while he turns. I tried it and it is very difficult. Rotating the shoulders caused a lot of unstability during my experiment. My shoulder are normally kept square and not rotated at all.
I'd like to put aside for the moment that Stein's method of skiing, as shown in this photo, relates to straight skis better than to skiing on the skis you may be using. I'd like to not question why you want to do this, but just address your question as implied. I assume you would like to ski like this, if only just for the fun of it on occasion. So maybe some of the pros will jump in and talk about how to do this turn. But first I have some questions.
Let's do pay attention to the turn radius - this is most likely not a short turn that Stein's making.
1. You say you rotate your shoulders to get into this position. When you do this, what happens? Does the rotation make you fall? Does the turn happen but you lose and catch your balance? Do the skis stall?
2. Have you been trying this with short turns or with medium/long turns?
3. When in the turn do you rotate the shoulders? Do you do it quickly//abruptly or slowly//progressively? Do you rhythmically move into and out of this position as you link turns, or do you rotate the shoulders and hold, then rotate the shoulders and hold in the other direction?
4. How about stance? When you attempt doing this, are your feet and shins as close together as Stein's are in this picture? Notice how his outside knee is tucked behind his other knee. Did you attempt this with your legs? How about that bend at his hips. Could you have been as straight as an arrow from your shoulders to your boots, or were you bent like Stein? That bend does something significant for him at this point in his turn. It's not just the shoulders!
5. Normally, with medium and long turns, do you keep your shoulders aligned with your hips, knees, and ski tips? How about when you make short turns?