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moving the wrong way

post #1 of 13
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i didn't get direct instruction in a long time and just got a cool one today - the best i've heard in a while.

 

ran into an older coach, one that's given me good advice in the past and i start bitching that, having just gotten the SL going, the long boards i just put on won't turn (my son's 20m skis). 

 

seeing me ski that run, his answer was simple: of course they don't - because you're moving the wrong way: you're eager to turn them, so you move down and in!

 

it took a few more runs and by the time it started working, I figured i'm moving the exact opposite and he was completely right!

 

just a cool nugget of instruction i haven't heard before... not one you'll find in the books.

 

cheers

post #2 of 13

It's common to struggle with lateral balance when first getting back on a larger radius ski, after riding the curvy ones for a while.  The body goes, but the skis don't come along.  Exaggerate the angulation and be patient to wait for the skis, and the body usually gets it together again in short order.

post #3 of 13
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yeah, especially on the second day on snow - it was just really cool the way the guy framed it - I found that very clear and actionable.

 

cheers

post #4 of 13

Yup.  Got caught too far inside a few time jumping on the GS after a few days on the SLs.   It also works the other way,  only it's more interesting when you do an unintentional front flip.

post #5 of 13
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so, as the GS boards were saping my energy, i went back to teh SL boards and guess how many "almost" front flips I had.... 3 that I remember in the first run :devil:

post #6 of 13

razie,

 

Put a sl ski on one foot and a gs on the other and after a run ot two switch them. Helps train you to react to the input you receive from the skis rather than always expecting the skis to react in a certain way to your input. If you do this start cautiously, it can get exciting.

 

fom

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by fatoldman View Post
 

razie,

 

Put a sl ski on one foot and a gs on the other and after a run ot two switch them.

....and you're still in one piece and able to use a keyboard.... how?

 

:beercheer:

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by fatoldman View Post
 

razie,

 

Put a sl ski on one foot and a gs on the other and after a run ot two switch them. Helps train you to react to the input you receive from the skis rather than always expecting the skis to react in a certain way to your input. If you do this start cautiously, it can get exciting.

 

fom

 

I hope I'm not talking out of school here, but I think KevinF told me that one of you guys volunteered him into this exercise one day at a mid-mountain lodge or something, by taking off one ski, clicking into one of Kevin's skis with that foot, and taking off down the hill, leaving K no choice but to follow suit with the other mismatched pair. I guess the two skiers must have had similarly sized feet. I think I got that story mostly right. If not, my apologies, but I enjoy thinking about it!


Edited by qcanoe - 12/4/14 at 5:17pm
post #9 of 13

There is a recent description in some thread here about how to do this.  I just read it the other day, but forget where to find it.

post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by fatoldman View Post
 

razie,

 

Put a sl ski on one foot and a gs on the other and after a run ot two switch them. Helps train you to react to the input you receive from the skis rather than always expecting the skis to react in a certain way to your input. If you do this start cautiously, it can get exciting.

 

fom


A friend saw some Austrian World Cup guys skiing with SG on oe foot and a snowblade on the other. They said you'd get used to it, but when you took them off and switched, that took some getting used to!

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

There is a recent description in some thread here about how to do this.  I just read it the other day, but forget where to find it.

 

Kevin was talking about it at Skier Village.  I think you may have read it there.

post #12 of 13

  Every shaolin knows this.  You must listen to your skis grasshopper.  The snow speaks to your skis and your skis then speak to you...but only if you listen.  shhh.

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by crank View Post
 

  Every shaolin knows this.  You must listen to your skis grasshopper.  The snow speaks to your skis and your skis then speak to you...but only if you listen.  shhh.


right. i usually have problems translating all that chatter.

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