Originally Posted by deliberate1
I would appreciate help with an issue I have getting off my edges. While working on pivot slips last year it became most apparent. I side slip without any issue - engage and reengage while skis are across the fall-line. But as I make the move, let us say from 3:00 to 6:00 and especially from 6:00 to 9:00 I always seem to inadvertently engage the edge, turning the pivot into a carved turn. It has real consequences for me, especially in tight Eastern trees. I would really like to be able to control speed and change direction laterally, bleeding speed, rather than engaging the edge which creates a new trajectory in the direction of the skis, rather than maintaining the down the fall line momentum ie: the difference between heading between trees or kissing one....
"Travel" is the issue with pivot slips. If your feet get ahead of your center of mass even a tiny little bit, in either of the two ways below, you will travel and your pivot slips will fail. This is one big reason people have difficulty. Another way of stating this is you need to stay centered in two planes, saggital and frontal.
--You'll travel if your feet slide slightly ahead of center of mass along the length of your skis at any point as you pivot your skis.
--You'll travel if your feet end up slightly downhill of your center of mass at any point as you pivot your skis.
The fix might be several of any things. Try each of these out and see if it helps:
--You need to be countered, with hips and upper body pretty stable and facing as down-the-hill as your range of motion allows while your legs turn beneath. Feel your hips facing downhill as much as your body will allow. Lack of upper-body-lower-body-seaparation is a second big reason people fail at pivot slips.
--Each of your hands should travel downhill along a single straight line of its own. Imagine you are holding onto stair railings with each hand. Don't let them move left-right.
--Each of your feet needs to travel downhill along a single straight line of its own (if not, you travel by definition); neither of them should travel left-right. Think about this as you move. Feel your feet staying on their lines as they swivel left-right over their arches.
--Pull or hold your feet back along the length of your skis enough so they don't end up ahead of your center of mass.
--The inside foot must end up uphill of your center of mass; you must pull it uphill as it pivots to keep it from moving downhill of your center of mass. Working on this is what finally got my pivot slips to work.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 11/9/14 at 4:01pm
Best of luck!