Originally Posted by Rise To The Top
Pole plant, pole plant, pole plant...
RTTT makes the point very pointedly. BTW so does SS
Cross block, will sort of occur correctly as your hand is coming forward to initiate the pole plant. Don't worry about trying to force your hands forward, worry about the pole plant.
My take on it is if you are missing it, your turn and timing is late in the gate. The hardest thing to learn is turn a lot earlier than you would think is required. Most of turn is initiated and completed above the gate not at the gate. (Don't look at the skis but the body position, while the skis are doing the turning they are just following the body so to speak).
You will see this as the exit tracks are are already heading in a line well above the next gate (from the top skiers).
One of the things you see when skiers crash and burn in SL (applies to GS as well), is that the turns get later and later until the turn initiates just as the skier is reaching the gate and wipe-out occurs as the skier exits trying to tighten the turn (been there, done that, learned it the hard way, more than once as I learned it on my own, no I didn't have a coach. I also learned by the face method (no helmet/face guards back in day) one or two Bamboo gates in the face, gets your hand out pretty quick and reinforces early turns. I'm sure that comment will bring back some unpleasant memories for a few of the older skiers).
Go on youtube and watch both good runs and crashes. The crashes actually show you what is wrong which is easier to see than when a skier skis perfectly (as you focus on the perfection and beauty of the turn and not the cause of perfection, well at least I do).
Side note, does anyone remember when they used Aluminum gates for a short period in the late 70's early '80 on some hills. Oh did they hurt! Made Bamboo a pleasant experience.
Sorry realized a typo.
Edited by oldschoolskier - 1/17/13 at 8:32am