Originally Posted by justanotherskipro
Finding the commonality among different maneuvers is pretty easy. Pivot slips teach independent leg steering and edge releases. Skills needed to succeed as a racer at and above your level of racing. Simply said the inability to get out of one turn and into the next cleanly trips up many developing racers. The ability to steer the ski, edge engaged or not is another skill racers need. The spectrums within those skill pools have extreme ends and a lot of middle ground. By clearly identifying the extremes it helps us identify where any turn would fit along that spectrum. Maneuvers that isolate a skill in the extreme thus are related, even if it's just because they represent the polar opposite extremes of that same skill pool. Most don't fall into that category though.
Thank you, JASP. I've added the bolds. I've also changed "inability to steer the ski..." to "ability to steer the ski...", which I hope is what you meant.
I'll go a little further and claim that everything required to do a pivot slip correctly is also required in every true turn, even if that turn is a pure carve. It is the DIRT and intent that changes.
The pivot slip requires accurate fore-aft balance, but it also requires accurate lateral balance to maintain the release condition and achieve the required rotary without fore-aft movement.
It requires accurate and very subtle edging.
The balance and edging blend must combine to allow the slip without requiring any supplemental push at any point in the process.
It requires excellent foot-to-foot pressure transfer with just the right timing and rate so that the rotation shows no hesitation at any point but continues smoothly from one side to the other.
Although the pivot slip seems to be all about rotary, all of the other skills must be used so that a large muscular rotary effort is not required. If everything else is right, the rotary effort, though present, is not excessive.
The pivot slip requires an active inside half. It requires upper-lower body separation. It requires simultaneous edge release of both skis.
Even a pure carve requires accurate guiding of the skis to prevent any rotary between release and re-engagement. It requires accurate edging, balance and yes, even steering, so that no slip is introduced at any point in the turn by pushing, leaning, twisting, etc. The carve may be at a different point in the skill spectrum than the pivot slip, but it is surprisingly (to some) closely related.
Some might argue that the skill application in the pivot slip is more subtle and more difficult to demonstrate correctly than it is in the carve.
And for those who take up teaching part-time, learning from skilled clinicians how both the pivot slip and the pure carve add to their skill set and their enjoyment of the sport is just one of the perks of part-time ski instruction.