RX, glad you are open to the technique I'm advocating and willing to "rethink" things and give it a try.
One of the things I really enjoy about doing short radius turns on the steeps is being able to carve the turn in such a manner that the energy generated from one turn naturally propels me into the next--so I think I'm on the right track there. Now it's a matter of seeing the technical line and applying the principles. Sounds so easy, not!
Yes, you are on the right track! Generating and harnessing energy at the turn finish on the groomed is one of the things you're after when making QCT's. To generate this energy on the groomed, drive the inside foot down and forward while on edge at the turn finish while simultaneously striking the pole plant, executing a hard edge set in this manner at the turn finish will propel you into a weightless transition as you float into the next turn. Remember to immediately retract both feet as you start to pop into float.
In the moguls, the hard edge set at the turn finish is the same, but instead of generating energy you will actually be dumping or harnessing the energy since the increased pitch provides all and more of the energy needed to pop and float into transition. The feeling of loading the energy at the turn finish is almost exactly the same in the bumps and groomed, it's just that it's a lot of work as you have to generate it on the less steep groomed.
@HooDooThere- the turn finish is where the tails slide or brush to dump speed. Above where I talk about driving the inside foot/heel down and forward abruptly at the turn finish, you can delay this move at the bottom of the turn before you finish the turn with a crisp pole plant. Hang in the turn slightly longer as your skis come across the fall line and slowly start to drive the inside foot down and forward while simultaneously squatting slightly or sitting into the actual turn finish. When you do this you will extend the amount of time your tails are brushing the snow, thus dumping more speed and energy.
Hanging in the turn and brushing really only happens during the backside turn on the big white area of the mogul backside (see below), the turn into the mogul face or pile will have some brushing naturally, but you can't really delay the turn finish or slide into it because when your turn must end when your feet crest the top of the mogul face. You are actually finishing your turn powerfully into the mogul face and as your feet crest the top of the mogul face, you should immediately retract to get you ski shovels back on the snow.
Here it is at the 60 second mark of the video above. Notice how my ski shovels are fully engaged and carving while my tails are brushing as they slide into the fall line. Also notice how my inside foot is driving down and forward into the turn finish, I'm about to strike the pole plant and end this turn. I've re-centered myself in this turn and have dumped enough speed to set myself up for the next several turns. When you watch the video from this point on. look to see how I turn into any small pile or mogul.
What part of the mogul should I plant my pole?
I don't think about where I plant my poles, but I do reach down the hill and strike them with a "flick" or "snap" of the wrist.
I guess when turning into the mogul face, your pole plant will be just beyond the top of the face. On the backside turn (or turns, if it is large enough) will be you same pole plant as on the groomed.
I was taught to practice by turning onto a bump and doing two or three slideslip edge sets on the top of the bump before turning again as a drill
I would put a slightly different twist on this drill.
Turn into the mogul face or pile and instead of initiating your next turn down the backside with shovel edge pressure, pivot while weightless into a firm edgeset and almost come to a stop. Turn into the next mogul face or pile and repeat or possibly do another hop and pivot to an egdeset and turn the opposite direction into the next mogul face or pile.
You have to turn directly into the mogul face with your shovels, you can't skid up a mogul face, you will stop abruptly.
Remember, do not start practicing this on the steepest/biggest moguls you can find until you learn how to handle the load you generate when turning into the mogul face. There is NOTHING below you except the smooth backside until you reach the next mogul face below you which is a loooong way down. You must stick the backside turn and gain speed control. Start small and hopefully soft until you get the feel for what is going to happen.
Outside ski carving?
Slideslip + edgeset?
Park and Ride (not sure, but, just carving by tipping only)?
You initiate and hook up your QCT with shovel edge pressure, so any carving practice is a good thing. The QCT is not a pivot, it is a very round turn with a firm edge set facilitated by the inside foot drive timed with the pole plant at the turn finish.
When practicing QCT's, try speeding them up by doing the "turn, turn, cha, cha, cha" drill. the cha,cha,cha part are three very quick turns which means you must make 3 very quick pole plants.
Hands down IMO, the best drill is to just practice QCT's on the groomed and focus on turning into any pile you find because this is the exact same turn you will be making in natural terrain. Learning how to generate enough energy at the turn finish which will propel you weightlessly through transition thru the top 1/3 of the turn is the goal while learning how to regain shovel edge pressure while floating.
Another big positive for skiing the technical line, the skier can stop with any backside turn without any pounding or slamming if skiing in control. If you do reach critical mass and can't shut it down, I recommend bailing in a high speed traverse as you would skiing any other line in natural terrain.
Here are the kids QCT's.
Here is the SV Freestyle coach, doing it. Towards the end is a great section viewed from behind where you can clearly see the technical line between the 2 rutlines and the turn into the mogul face. You do not have to carry this much speed, he is skiing very fast, but you can.
Here's another video of mine, there are a few good sections in this one. If the snow is deep enough (8+) you can ski directly from mogul face to mogul face and skip the backside turn. If is very smooth, but very fast.
Hope this helps,
Edited by Nailbender - 1/21/15 at 9:24pm