Originally Posted by calisnow
For the record, I'm taking the advice of the race coach, not the PSIA guy, and my skiing is now the best it's ever been.
But I am very confused as to the physics of all this.
The context of the PSIA "stand tall" advice: a general "advanced ski camp" during the 2011/12 season at Mammoth. I didn't understand the logic of what the guy was saying then, and I still don't understand it. It never seems to have done anything for my skiing.
The context of the race coach "ski the tunnel" advice: slalom training at the Mammoth Masters program, from Pierre, the head coach. He pointed out during post-slalom video analysis that almost everyone in the program was getting too tall between gates. His mental exercise for us is to pretend we're skiing in a tunnel and if we raise our head just an inch we'll bump it.
Well Metaphor, you've found your man!
So to the OP, what to you, is the logic of the tunnel advice? Why do you think one made a difference and not the other?
What was the explanation for the "stand tall" advice? Knowing why you're doing something is really important so there's not a misinterpretation.
Just giving a "he said I should stand tall" annecdote doesn't really provide much context.
Probably "long" would have been a better term?
Slalom demands a very stable upper body to be successful. You must keep the upper body going downhill or your toast or slow. The forces and speed involved are high and you've got to deal with running over gates, cross blocking etc. I don't think the public realizes how crazy it is.
Check out this super slo motion video of Felix Neureuther, (GER), at Kitzbuhel in 2010. This would probably resonate with the "tunnel" advice? He does get long, and at times "tall", but when tall it's usually tall to the skis and tipped inside the turn.
He's big into core stability training, like most wcup skiers. He used to have a training video on his website of him kicking a soccer ball while on a slack line.
(btw, if you like this video, I'd download it because youtube already removed the original)
Here's the full speed version. Not sure if it's the exact same run though.
You could easily say that both of these slalom skiers were "tall" at the start of the turn, though "long" might be a better term.
Photo Ron LeMaster Ivica Kostelic Beaver Creek, 2011
Photo Ron LeMaster Christian Deville Beaver Creek, 2011