Hip dumping gets labeled so negatively. Yes it often leads to getting too far inside the turn but it is only one of many options that exist and labeling it as always bad is a bit too much like dogma in my book. That does not mean I am a proponent of habitual hip dumping, I'm not. What it means is if there exists a situation where the move is appropriate, it is very hard to throw out blanket statements that ignore those special circumstances where it would be an appropriate move. So what might be some circumstances where a hip dump might be appropriate?
Clearing a gate might be one since ducking the gate would allow us to ski a tighter line through that gate. As a recovery move in the bumps, we might see some limited benefits as well. I remember a montage of a GS race where Maier was negotiating a gate with a huge offset and as he cleared the gate he turned his pelvis and dropped it briefly. The result was he exited that gate very well set up for the next few gates. The idea here is he didn't stay there long but it served him well to use that movement. I'm sure a thousand examples exist where that sort of move would be inappropriate but exceptions to rules often lead to new standards. Furuseth went two footed and his success drove that change, Tomba skied a very direct line that others eventually copied, Miller and his athletic risk taking changed how others approached those risky moves, and the list goes on and on.
As far as Kate and her somewhat risqué presentation about what is and isn't hip dumping, well it is a well known technique to make a presentation more memorable because recall is better when something is a bit unusual about the presentation. I experienced this when I developed my hula circle drill and some of the immediate student responses went down that path. "WORK IT GIRL" being one such spontaneous response from some of my female students. Mind you I went out of my way to not be who used that sort of phrase because my focus was on developing an awareness of how moving the pelvis has a profound effect on how we link turns effectively. Even with that strong effort to avoid any risqué overtones, I would say not all but a slight majority of women had a reaction that included some version of the "WORK IT GIRL" response. For that reason I rarely use that drill anymore but many of our female instructors use some version of it quite often. (PUSH THE BUSH is one such example of this). Guys on the other hand tend to hate the hula drill because they can do hip circles standing still but struggle to do them while skiing. I've written about this before and been told that I am wrong about assuming there is some anatomical reasons for their struggles. All I really know is men do struggle with the hula drill and women find it very easy.
Edited by justanotherskipro - 2/18/14 at 1:30pm