Originally Posted by bud heishman
IMO a strong core is very very key to good skiing but, I don't share the idea of maintaining constant core tension to aid balance. Again, it is more a subconscious effort that benefits greatly from having a stronger core available for action. Expert skiers know intuitively when to contract and relax the core muscles rather than carrying constant tension.
Originally Posted by skinerd
That being said... constant tension can have negative impacts as well and we definitely don't want to ski like a robot.
Agreed, too much tension too much of the time is not a good thing. But I find many people who have trouble with variable conditions often don't use enough core tension. They look like their lower and upper bodies are connected by a Slinky as their skis move through different conditions.
Before a move can become intuitive it needs to be intentional and conscience. And will likely be used too much and too little and at the wrong time. But that learning, at least for me.