Originally Posted by markojp
So using Lindsey's free ski GS vid and Mikaela's, can you talk about application of the different types of initiation you've mentioned in the thread? Turn by turn is fine. Bringing in terrain will help explain the 'why' and maybe the 'where' after most of the previous focus on the 'what'.
I'll use Mikaela's, because it's so clear and full screen, so easy to see what I'm pointing out. The Lindsey one is so ant size, and bouncy, no one would be able to see what I'm talking about, if I could even see it well enough myself to analyze properly.
Ok, I'll describe Mikaela's first transition, going out of a left and into a right turn:
This is an ILE triggered transition. Look closely (at 14 sec mark) at how the first thing she does to initiate her transition is to start extending her old inside (uphill leg). You can clearly see it extend. And the moment it starts extending you can see her old outside (downhill) ski lose pressure, stop straying snow, and lift off the snow. Because ILE has disrupted her state of balance, she immediately upon starting her ILE movement begins to topple downhill, across her skis and into the new turn. She keeps toppling downhill, riding her old inside (uphill) until her skis reach edge angle neutral, and vaulting on her uphill leg sends her airborne. As that toppling downhill happens, she works to keep her shoulders and torso facing downhill, and because of that the moment her skis lose engagement with the snow, they pivot downhill.
She manages her extension of her old inside (uphill) uphill leg, such that vaulting is not overdone, and she can get back in contact with the snow as quickly as possible after the pivot has been accomplished.
I'll be back soon, to talk about the Mikaela's next transition. It's a pretty slick one. One we didn't even talk about in this thread yet.
(Poor racers, free riders, park dudes, rec skiers, do everything less well... I think what you're talking about is pivoting used for braking by many rec skiers and how they might do less of it with improved line/turn shape, transitions, and overcoming the fear factor of simply moving down hill, no? )
Nicely stated, Marko.
The fear factor is so linked to the initial motivation to pivot in lesser skilled skiers. The pivot is basically a survival tool, the only one they know how to use. As their turn shape and edging skills grow, the fear generally goes away. They need to learn other ways to go slow before they can find the confidence to go fast. As a coach I've had so much fun showing fear laden people ways to manage their speed anytime they want, then introduce them to the fun that can be had in the top half of a well shaped turn. It's in essence the downhill thrill part of a roller coaster ride.