Originally Posted by vladiator
....End of last season I purchased 2012 Volkl Bridge skis....It is hard to explain, but a couple of times when I was trying to do sharper carve turns with legs a bit closer together (but not touching), the rear of my inside ski (that is, the ski in the direction of which I was turning) felt like it got stuck in the snow. Both times tried to come up and regain my balance, but unsuccessfully and ended up wiping out.
....BTW, the snow was hardpack, but Volkl Bridges are supposed to handle such conditions well.
I'm trying to decipher what actually happened.
1. You were trying to do "sharper ... turns" on hard snow with new skis when the problem arose. I suspect this means short turns, with a short radius, in quick rhythmic succession, on groomed hard snow.
2. You felt you were doing carved turns.
3. You moved your legs closer together as you tried this, almost but not quite touching.
4. The rear of your inside ski hooked up and refused to go along with the short turn.
5. You tried to "come up and regain your balance," which means something about the turn mechanics threw you down low.
6. You wiped out when the "coming up" failed to get you re-balanced.
So let's take this one step at a time.
1 & 2. You were attempting short turns with a rockered ski whose turn radius is 24 meters. You will most likely need to be rotating the ski, not carving, since you are trying to get the ski to make a turn that's lots shorter than 24 meters in radius. So let's assume that you were using some muscle action to rotate the two skis, rather than riding the sidecut of a bent and tracking ski. That's fine; everyone does it. You just need to know how.
3. You consciously moved your legs closer together than normal to make these turns. Probably not a good tactic. Try making these short turns next time without moving the legs closer together.
--With the two legs normally separated, you can angulate out over the outside ski better, and that's a good thing to do. You need your weight on that outside ski. "Angulate" means bend sideways out over that outside ski, so that it has more of your weight concentrated on it, leaving the inside ski light.
--With the two legs and skis close together, it's more difficult to focus your weight on the outside ski; you can't angulate because the inside leg is in the way. The two skis end up pretty much equally weighted. This is not good, because it usually is accompanied by the skier banking/leaning in. The skis won't cooperate and turn if you are banking and trying to rotate them.
--All this to say that your inside ski, because it was so close to the other one, probably had too much weight on it as you made the turns and it tripped you up.
4. You were focusing on making short turns by moving those skis around in a short radius. That's fine! But, the inside ski's TAIL hooked up and refused to cooperate. The TAIL had too much weight on it; it was in the way, and it had your weight on it. Not good; this is a sign of the classic problem of skiing in the "back seat."
--First, move that inside ski away from the outside ski
--Second, focus your weight on the frpnt or center of that outside ski by bending your whole body sideways out over it. By that I mean FORWARD over it, by the way, so you won't be in the back seat.
--Here's the most important part: bend forward at the ankle, not at the waist. You need an instructor to help you get this right. Problems will persist until you get this part. It's hard to explain with words.
--*** worth repeating: VERY IMPORTANT: You need an instructor to watch you and let you know when you're doing it right. This is the crucial issue; forward, not back; angulated, not banked; and weighting the outside ski, not /leaning in over the inside ski.
5. That weighted tail threw you down and back, out of balance. You tried to come up, but couldn't. Why would that hooking-up inside ski's tail send you "down?"
--Because the skis continued to travel forward as your upper body stalled.
--Think about this: what if your upper body had been forward, in front of the skis, as they shot forward? You couild have regained your balance.
--Most likely you were back as this whole scenario started; there was no way you could regain your balance, and you went down.
6. You went down. That's ok. You posted here; that's good. You're on the way to improvement. YUou can fix this, but it's best if someone who teaches regularly, and well, takes a look at your skiing. Best of luck!
Edited by LiquidFeet - 7/3/12 at 4:26pm