Originally Posted by wildcat hank
I just read most of the posting on this thread. I coach at Wildcat. I'm more from the PSIA side of things. Here's how I felted about what I read. Pressure on the outside is where it is at. But how that pressure is directed is what will mark or break our hold on hard snow. (you cannot hold on real ice). Your core needs to be leading your ski in the direction that you want them to go. To help you with that try flexing the inside ankle more than the outside. I am not asking to put more weight/ pressure on the inside ski. By flexing the inside ankle more helps you move your core in the direction of travel.
One other point. When you heard the term take a high line change that to Get across the hill sooner. How that sound guys.
Thanks wildcat, that's what I was waiting to read. I'm with you totally. I'm a big outside leg stander. It starts as early in the new turn as possiable and is pressured as needed. The only place I don't use it is powder day and zipper line bumps. I stand on my outside ski and pressure in varying amounts, and shorten my inside leg, flex the ankle, in variying amounts to determine turn shape ( speed control) direction and tactically ( fun factor, air time, and fatigue control).
I have searched YouTube videos on and on. I see the railing of both legs late in the fall line all the time, a tip and ride approach, I see it a lot in csia. PSIA just doesn't have any videos. Shy I guess.
The legs way to the outside is an end result to pressure and ROM and biomechanics of terrain, it's not the best situation, tactical perhaps to make a gate as fast as possiable, yah sure. But it's not really the fundamental stating point of good carving on ice or crud or groomers or GS turns in bumps. The farther that outside leg goes, yes more dynamic, but less functional.
So I'm glad your with me on this, I'm not really prepared to put myself into the wolf pack without others. :-)
Anyway. So that's why it's hard to watch race footage for basics, it's too intense. Can you find some great photos or footage. Yes. But when someone asks how do I carve on ice, I go back to the ground level, stance, pressure and core, core I find to be really a commitment thing, things are line up in the upper body when the feet are doing what they do no matter the use.
Teds outside leg, has a longer way to travel and a longer transition time to the new, other foot. I believe. Is it ok to be like that because we can. Sure. Would it be better a little closer under his hip. I think so. IMHO if I ski gates bumps crud or carve with this as my main focus. I ski pretty good. Not a lot goes wrong.