Originally Posted by PA Ski Dad
I have terrible difficulty with a move demonstrated in this video beginning around 5:25 , wondering if anyone had advice.
When in a stopped position (or moving very slowly) with skis across the slope perpendicular to fall line I cannot seem to perform the simultaneous rotation of skis to head down slope .
I always seem to have my uphill ski cross tips with the downhill ski as the downhill ski is harder to turn at same speed. My guess is weighting issue as i have more weight on downhill ski at that point it's much easier to rotate uphill ski than downhill ski for me. Instead I usually pick up downhill ski and turn it to face more downhill to get started.
Any tips on technique or proper weighting that I can practice?
(Probably one of the many reasons I can't ski bumps )
Your issue is a classic one. If you have to pick up the new inside ski to get it to turn at the start, you are most likely leaning in and your stance is likely aft at the start of your turns.
If you can talk yourself into bending your ankles forward (very important!) and standing tall enough to get your hips feeling like they are forward over your boots and not behind them, and doing this at the start of your turns, you will find that both skis may begin turn down the hill on their own. Gravity will pull the tips down more if your weight is hovering over them; if your weight is behind over the tails, gravity is not going to assist your turn entry.
Try this at a snail's pace on very gentle terrain. Or better yet, try it from a dead standstill with skis facing across the hill.
--bend forward at the ankles and elevate your hips so they are over your boots
--keep your elbows in front of your jacket side seams
--keep your hands forward (not down at your sides).
--Then simply wait.
--if you have gotten far enough forward over the shovels of your skis,
--they should begin to move ever-so-slightly forward and also gently turn south.
--If you lean your body backwards in the classic "NO! I don't want to go!" move, you'll stop this motion.
Then go ski, moving up and forward over your skis at the start of your turns. The tips should seek the fall line, and you won't have to pick up the new inside ski. There are ways to fine tune this maneuver, but to keep it simple you might go try it first as described above and see what happens. It can get you out of the back seat at the start of your turns.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 1/21/14 at 4:45pm