Originally Posted by peterk123
Notice how I am trying to not say pressure....
I may have some difficulty explaining this but here goes. Let's suppose I am going to turn around a gate. I have started my transition/turn a bit too early and I want to delay that moment when I load up the outside ski. What do I do? Can I increase weight on the inside leg, so I can then unload it and transfer the weight back to the outside, or am I sh*t out of luck? Pete
You're not entirely out of luck. Your options are fairly limited, but you're not totally hosed yet. Two things need to be present in order to load your ski. First is the energy to decamber that ski and load it, and the second is the platform against which this energy can work. If you can delay the application of either of these, you can delay the loading of your ski. There are two common ways to do it, one is fairly easy at the cost of speed, while the other is very difficult but maintains much more speed through the turn.
The easy way to do it is to reduce edge angle and let your skis scrub a little. This doesn't allow your skis the platform against which to load the ski. Like I said, the downside is that you are going to lose speed doing this.
The hard way, which will work if you realize your mistake quickly enough, is to retract your legs rather than actively pressuring the skis at the top/middle of the turn. In most carving turns, the top part of the turn occurs before the ski is fully loaded, before the force from your COM drives into the ski and loads it up. If in that moment you begin retracting with your legs, your legs will essentially become shock absorbers, and give you a very brief momentary delay before you need to load the ski. This is far more difficult, because when you do go to load that ski, your COM has travelled further, and gained more momentum. Your body position will also be lower and more compressed than in a usual turn, making your joint angles not as ideal to leverage the skis. Using this will elongate your turn, but the bottom of the turn is going to require a lot more strength to pull out, and your chances of blowing out of the turn are much greater. The risk of injury also goes up with this type of tactic, because if you go too far, you're putting yourself in a very good position to blow out a knee.