How exactly do I initiate an aggressive (tight) turn from this position?
My basic technique right now for initiating the turn is.
1) Chest faced down the fall line.
2) Shift my body weight towards the front of my skis aggressively so that the ski tips start to fall down the hill.
3) Probably throw in a pole plant somewhere near the point I'd like to pivot around.
Once I'm headed downhill and I can weight my outer ski, then I can finish the turn fine. However, the first half of the turn gross. It's hard doing this from a dead stop because there are no forces at play (centripetal/centrifugal) during initiation from a stop. If I lean into the turn, then I'd fall over.
The end result is that I break form in one way or another. I wish I had video of myself but I'm guessing that most often I start turning my uphill (outer ski) while keeping my other ski perpendicular to the fall line. In other words, I go a little pizza until things start moving to help get myself facing downhill. While I am breaking form, I may even lift my inner ski to help it make the turn.
Are my basic steps correct?
Is there anything else I should be doing with my arms, hips, chest, skis, ankles, etc. to make this work?
I assume at some point (really steep stuff,) I would add in a jump??
Thanks in advance for any pointers.
Edited by steve2222 - 11/25/12 at 7:07pm