@mdf, you are making short turns in these videos. If you face more down the hill with your hips/shoulders
than your skis with short turns, good things will follow. Angulation will be easier, instead of banking.
Balance will be stronger since you won't be turning your whole body left and right; that swinging around
with every turn creates a big force that needs to be switched; your technique for switching it works but
tires you out. Here's how you're doing it, with some comments on what might work better.
1. At the end of your turns, your hips/shoulders are facing the same direction as your skis; you
are square. Your inside hand is low and back, and your outside hand is up and forward. If that
relationship were reversed (your inside hand up and forward and the outside hand back) this
new configuration would help you keep your hips/shoulders facing more downhill than your skis.
This would be good.
2. A nanosecond later you are planting your pole. Notice your new inside hand, the one planting your pole,
is more forward than the other, and reaching downhill. It is in the way of you turning in the other direction.
It is blocking your turn.
Again, reversing this arrangement and holding the pole-planting hand back and the other hand forward would
be good. Sometimes a focus simply on keeping the current inside hand up and forward can take care of
both hands. Sometimes a focus on the planting hand works better, keeping it back.
Notice also that your new inside ski is slipping downhill away from you. This is a down-stem people have
mentioned. You are losing your grip.
3. Here's the UP move people have mentioned. You have propelled yourself off the new outside ski
down into the new turn. To help this happen, you have lifted the new inside ski out of the way.
This movement pattern is the push-off that tires you out.
In short turns, if you drop your new inside hip by flexing that leg instead of propelling off the new outside
ski, you don't get so tired. You won't lose your grip and have that down-stem. You won't be hopping into
each turn, a point jasp made earlier. Flex-to-release is the go-to move to work on here. You will drop
between turns instead of moving up.
4. Here's what you do as you propell yourself off that new outside ski. You turn your head and shoulders
in the direction of the new turn hard and fast. This is a rotary-push-off initiation. Given the fact that you
are skiing square to your skis, this is an adequate way to get the new turn started. You've got a big athletic
push-off, a move that produces a lot of force. Along with it you turn your upper body hard. With these two
working together, your skis have no other option but to follow your upper body around into the new turn. You
can overpower the old turn with all this rotary-hopping action.
Had you been skiing with upper body-lower body separation, you would not need such big forces to overpower
the old turn and generate the new one.
So separation, with upper body (hips and shoulders) facing downhill, while skis point left and right, is the solution.
Not only will you tire less; you will be able to maintain your balance better since your whole body won't be
turning all the way around with every turn.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 5/19/14 at 6:41am