Originally Posted by jzamp
Brace yourself for the raise line/fall line discussion.
That's okay I am open for any sort of discussion.
From what I know and teach some of what I see is contrary to what I have learned in the past. I have strong downhill weight and initiate a lot with the outside ski (down hill ski) not the inside because of where my weight is. When I have more equal weight on the end of a corner its easier to initiate with the inside ski. I know from teaching and instructing we talk a lot about inside ski initiation and downhill weight. This is actually a psia standard method of teaching. Most everyone will state that the downhill ski has to have the majority of the weight.
What I see in Ted's is almost contrary, the uphill ski has more weight on it in a lot of Ted's gs runs. The initiation of his turns also happen when his legs are vertical to the fall line and I would bet with the inside ski. This is also very easy to see in some of his slow motion video how much spray comes off the inside ski at the beginning of a corner. His upper body however is always pointed down hill and fairly quiet. Most everything I see here is contrary to what I have been taught. Yet some of it makes sense if you think about what a ski has to do. The inside ski has to out turn the outside (downhill ski). The only way it would do that and carve cleanly would be to flex the ski further than the outside ski. Contrary to popular belief then you would need to weigh it more to flex it further either in initiation or the entire corner. The only other option would be to skid the ski slightly in the corner. This also explains to me why you need a strong articulation of the legs. Too little and the uphill ski will not get enough weight to create a clean carve. Here is an image to explain this from waistseering.com:
I could see the inside initiating the turn since it has the majority of the weight but could be wrong. Either way I have a lot to think about. Also part of the reason I want to bring out the 27m ski, with that much articulation I should get a 20m turn carving the ski. I would not be able to get this much articulation on a gs course with my 17m slalom ski or even a 23m ski. This again is contrary to popular belief but I think if you are looking for more energy from the ski you would need it to flex further with more articulation not less so a larger radius turn ski would be better. I would bet that a 23m ski with that much articulation could easily turn 17m turns. So some of it depends on how far the gates are apart as well.
Here is an image showing that uphill weight on a ski in a corner. Look at how much spray is coming off that top ski. If you step forward the spray comes off the bottom ski moments later but clearly it has more weight.
here is a better image:
Edited by utahsaint - 1/15/15 at 10:17am