There must be an echo in here....
I may not be understanding things properly - ( if so, I'm in the right thread, that's for sure! ;-) - but I think TDK is suggesting pressure followed by up-unweighting. Kind of what you see clearly here 5 seconds in......
Is that not essentially a check turn with some stylish embellishments? ;-)
Fellows creates pressure on his tails, followed by an up move. Not a check move, with pressure created by skis traveling across the direction of travel prior to the up, but still conceptually similar, or so it seems to me.
noun: technique; plural noun: techniques
1. a way of carrying out a particular task, esp. the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure.
Sure seems to me like Fellows with his "three step process" is describing a technique in his dolphin turn vid. Which is not to say it can't be incorporated into other techniques. Clearly it can.
Watch Fellows ski bumps after the dolphin turn drill (btw -the title says "tactics" and he clearly says "a way to practice, not a technique).The drill is the task to execute a performance, not the performance. His skis aren't leaving the ground and there isn't a heavy edge set from the trough turning him (if that's what you mean). He creates pressure and tips while fairly unweighted early at the top of the bump and begins to extend down the back and then flexes again. If he is going very fast and there is a huge gaper-trough coming at him I bet he will use his tail to get a little more out of his unweighting like a dolphin turn.
Let me ask you this? Which is more functional all-around skiing, "The short-poled bumper dudes or the way Chris Fellows skis?" Who do you think would win in a GS race? Who do you think would ski steep rocky terrain better? Who will be better on ice? Figure out what your intent is and then do it and have fun. Personally, I don't want to come to a nice bump run after coming out of some tree-pow and say, " I wish I had my short, thin mogul skis and short poles so I can pivot to the trough until I turn." But, that is MY intent, it may not be yours. Intent, however, doesn't necessarily make things "efficient". Also, watch some of the WC guys. In some ways they may look like some of the skiers in the videos posted here, but you'll find that most of them actually do carve. Can you imagine being on a high edge angle and then slamming into the trough? Not fun! That alone should tell you something about their 'technique".
Edited by CrudBuster - Today at 11:51 am