Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
Just re-read your post and note this sentence. My problem was with too little pressure on the outside ski after all of the inside ski focus.
Lots to play with today, but I'll keep this in mind also. Thanks!
You're probably on the hill already, but I'll respond anyway...
Let me help you think things thru a bit. Though the SYMPTOM may be lack of pressure on the outside ski I assure you THE PROBLEM STEMS FROM THE INSIDE SKI! Let's break this down a bit...
In your living room, stand with weight distributed evenly on both feet. Now lift your left foot and stand there for a moment. What happened? 1) All your weight transferred to your right foot. No? 2) Your body had to shift slightly to the right to allow balance on that right foot. Right? So, if you were looking to add pressure to the right, you didn't do anything with the right foot. You needed to do something with the left foot. Are you with me so far? Now lets take the concept to the snow.
First, we don't ski straight down hill. We make an S or C SHAPE. Let's focus on the C shape for now. What is a C shape? Think of ai incomplete BOX on the hill with a line on top going across, then a line going down the hill, and another line going across in the opposite direction of the first, followed by another line going down the hill. Now imagine a shape where the corners of the box are rounded off continuously, blending into one another. Our job is to work those corners, PARTICULARLY THE TOP CORNER. If you think of coming into that corner from a previous turn, you will have a significant amount of momentum behind you. You are going to use that momentum to create pressure and centripetal force to create your turn. It is that momentum and attempt at direction change, combined with GRADUALLY contracting the NEW INSIDE leg that will allow pressure to develop properly (and smoothly) on the outside leg. [Remember in a previous post I mentioned that pressure was independent of activity? Application of pressure is also quite passive as you will see. ] We are allowing momentum and centripetal force to DEVELOP pressure on the outside ski. The problem that most skiers make is that they try to apply pressure to the outside ski too early! Pressure is applied and should only be applied within the context of the turn shape!
Now, as you enter the new turn, guide your INSIDE ski into the direction of the turn with a combination of guiding and edging. As you do that also begin to gradually (as the turn develops) draw your (new) inside knee toward your chest while that ski still remains on the snow (it may want to lift off a bit, and that's ok for now, but we don't intentionally lift it). You will notice, that if you began it all from the foot, to the ankle, (knee and) hip that it will help draw your body into the correct position, much as your body automatically shifted while standing in your living room.
I don't know if you were able to visualize what I'm describing, but trust me, this is the way the true experts ski... even if they don't recognize it themselves (and many do not).
I have LOTS more to say, but this can be a lot like drinking from a fire hose. Half of the lessons I teach are spent UNteaching what the ski students have been taught improperly. But the immediate improvement in my students ranges from from significant to drastic because I have learned to ditch the useless stuff, focus on what REALLY works, and apply it directly without a lot of bogus exercises which do nothing but let the instructor show off.
Have fun today.