Originally Posted by LiquidFeet
I had a trainer do this with us with no poles. We couldn't do it. The next step was to reach both hands out, with arms extended all the way, in the direction of the new turn at the end of our traverse on that LTE. This reaching out movement took care of two things, the need to be a bit forward and the need to commit. The ankle/knee roll onto the new edge took care of itself, and around we went.
Yes commit, commit, commit. The majority of issues result from failure to commit to going downhill. I've had some funny exchanges with adult students about this. After one back and forth I finally said:
- "You know the full name for what we're doing is Downhill
They replied, "Yes, It's that Downhill
part I don't like"...
-"Yes I know. The thing is we have to get from here to down there. One way or another. We could side step with skis, walk, slide on our butts, or slide on these skis. It is much easier to slide on the skis. You just have to accept you will be falling for a brief second.
It's like walking down stairs. Imagine what is was like as a kid learning that. One foot suspended in air...you're falling...will I stop? You learned to trust the foot will stop you and you won't tumble down. It's same in skiing. The skis will come around and catch you. One has to commit and trust.
Advanced skiers go through the same thing, just on harder terrain. When I'm on a really steep slope I have to tell myself just commit and go down! The skis will come around."
Does this stand on uphill ski then release excercise have a name? It sounds good. Training ankle/foot/leg in releasing and commitment to moving downhill without crutch of the downhill ski.
The skill or action of "falling into the future" is one of the most important in skiing. You simply can't have any flow without it. it's also a big part of what makes skiing unique and amazing.