TRANSITION TASTE TEST
Hey, I was wondering if some of the more curious types participating in this thread who are already on snow would like to do some Transition Taste Testing?
Remember us talking about the "Rotation Release"? That move Mikaela used in her second turn in her super slow mo video? I was wondering if some of the more curious and open minded would like to give it a go next time you're on snow, and report back to us how it felt, what you noticed most while doing it?
For this taste test, I'm not asking you to replicate the dynamic level of execution Mikaela displays here. Don't bother with the pivot. Just do clean initiations. Do both arc to arc carves, and pivot free steered turns and tell us how they feel. Make your uphill rotation gentle and smooth, and shut it down as soon as you begin to automatically transition across your skis and into the new turn. This should cause to you enter the new turn with just a small amount of new turn counter, a functional amount of counter, not overly countered.
And as you do the rotation, don't let your old outside (downhill) knee collapse uphill onto a higher edge angle. As you rotate and feel yourself start to tip downhill, keep tipping/driving that old outside knee downhill too, so that it rolls onto its downhill edge the same time your other ski does.
And just to be clear, this is not a rotation transition. In a rotation transition, you rotate downhill aggressively, in the direction of the new turn to facilitate a pivot. This "rotation release" has you rotate uphill slowly and gently, away from the direction of the new turn.
If you want to participate in this taste test, but would first like more detailed directions on it's execution, just let me know.
Here's the video again. See the move between 28 sec. to 35 sec. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-8TIENFWkE
Edited by Rick - 12/15/14 at 7:23am