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Visualizing turns.

post #1 of 8
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I'm trying to visualize my turns through the gates for off snow practice. I want a short, easy to remember list I can run through to help get the mental repetition part down. Is anything vital here I'm overlooking or is something seriously out of order? I'd hate to just be mentally practicing wrong.

I pull my feet under/behind me.

I pressure the front of my skis.

I reach out with both hands down hill for my pole plant.

I send my center of balance down hill.

I reach the rise line.

I start rolling my ankles inside.

As I start to turn I start moving my pressure to the outside ski.

As my turn increases I am driving my inside knee into the turn and extending my legs.

The more I angulate, the more I'm trying to press my ankles into the snow.

I pass the fall line.

As my skis come around and catch up to me I release my edges and retract my legs.

I pull my feet under/behind me.
post #2 of 8

nice list. i think the timing of the pole plants is off. also the ankles should be rolling all the time. let me try one - i'm really trying to get a hang of power and timing, so mine is perhaps focused on those as internal cues.

 

coming out of the previous turn, as I'm starting to let go on the angulation and retracting,

 

pole plan down the hill. wrists open. keep driving the hand/shoulder forward.

 

retract legs and ride the power there to float skis to the other side. keep body still. keep legs in the same relation.

 

tip ankle outside bone into snow. angulation increasing with tipping.

 

inside leg creeping up along the outside leg.

 

"landing" on the long outside leg - activate all muscles to take the hit. ride it around a bit or not, depending on ski.

 

butt/glutes driving it from the top of the long leg. use hips not the back (or it's ouch night). roll pressure to the heel

 

as I'm starting to let go on the angulation and retracting and starting the movement down the hill to cross the skis, pole plant down the hill.


Edited by razie - 12/26/14 at 7:49pm
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Think I have my pole plant too late? It could be. Until I started trying to do this, I had no idea so much stuff was going on that I not only wasn't really in control of, but that I honestly had no idea exactly even what order I was doing them in.
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Originally Posted by razie View Post

retract legs and ride the power there to float skis to the other side. keep body still. keep legs in the same relation.

Definitely going to work that into mine. smile.gif
post #4 of 8
Watch. Video. Of you favorite skiing. Over and over. Then watch more. 'Be' them.
post #5 of 8

Start with visualizing how far above the gate you want to start your turn.  End with visualizing your position to the next gate.

 

Do you really want to drive your knee down?  How about driving just the inside ankle down, and let that impel the body toward the hill?  Allow the knee & hip to drop, don't drive them.  Part way through the turn add rolling the outside ankle to tighten the turn.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
I pull my feet under/behind me.

I reach the rise line.

I pressure the front of my skis.

I start rolling my ankles inside.

As I start to turn I start pressuring the outside ski.

As my turn increases I drive my inside ankle down and allow the inside knee & hip to drop, while extending my legs.

The tighter my turn becomes, the more I angulate and the more I'm trying to press my ankles into the snow.

I pass the fall line.

As my skis come around and catch up to me I reach out with both hands down hill for my pole plant.

I start sending my center of balance down hill and releasing my edges.

I retract my legs and float my skis under me, keeping body still.

I pull my feet under/behind me.
post #7 of 8

I can only think of one or sometime two things when I am running a course.

Stay forward.

Stay low.

That usually is enough to concentrate on and still remember which gates are crankers and which are floaters.

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by dakine View Post

I can only think of one or sometime two things when I am running a course.
Stay forward.
Stay low.
That usually is enough to concentrate on and still remember which gates are crankers and which are floaters.

You're doing better than I am then. All I can think is "look ahead! Look ahead!"

That's why I'm working on something I can visualize and run through to build mental repetition when I'm not on the snow. I like to have all my thinking done before I start moving. smile.gif
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