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Took a couple ski lessons , Have a couple questions

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I was introduced to the term dynamic skiing , The question is if I interpret all this info correct .  

   Dynamic skiing is....  Bending my knees while in the turn , during the transition to the next turn ,I am suppose to straighten up a bit and transition my weight to the outside ski , which makes me carve the turn more ,Because my weight is more intentionally  transferred to the outside ski , I was then shown to use my pole plant to make several short turns , Keeping the front of  the tips down

   I learned there is a difference between this and a hop turn ,

  A hop turn is just that , Hopping to pivot , As apposed to a dynamic turn where I drive the tips , 

  does it seem I have this difference right ?

post #2 of 3

Hi Mark,

 

You have the essentials right. A hop to a pivot will produce a skidded turn. A carved turn (vs skidded) is dynamic because it has smoother, quicker and has more efficient turning movements. In PSIA terminology, an open (or basic) parallel turn is a mostly skidded (steered) parallel turn and a dynamic parallel turn is a mostly carved (edged) turn. The biggest difference is that in a dynamic turn, the path that the center of mass travels is noticeably different (i.e. moves to the inside of the turn) than the path the skis take. In an open parallel, your body stays mostly over the skis and travels roughly the same path as the skis.

 

There are many ways to make a skidded turn and there are many aspects to making a carved turn. What you've covered so far is essentially right, but the terminology was tailored specifically for you.

 

Check out Bob Barnes' illustrated turns.

 

Here is a good discussion of open parallel turns.

 

This is what dynamic skiing looks like.

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In the beginning I didn't really care how I skied and did not take lessons , But now I see the  limitation , SOOOOOO......This is a bit of a challenge to change from mostly skidding , To   getting use to leaning forward  transferring weight to the outside ski, while it Is still the up hill ski ,, How ever .I realize the commitment to make dynamic turns works [IF] I commit my weight , If I don't commit, I don't initiate the turn and sort of stutter step the turn and feel like I am going to catch an edge ,   Dynamic turns seem more risky , But when I commit my weight  to it I turn for sure ,

  The point of this is ,,,,,,,   The ski instructor pointed out who ski's well and who skids , He said most people skid their turns and don't really ski right .  

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