Originally Posted by JESINSTR
If so, then as long as the ski/snow interaction is creating centripetal force greater than the inertial force of gravity it is impossible to fall.
Well, maybe a bit more complicated then that. if you are out of balance, you might fall, you might not. You might low side or you might high side. But the point of the two fundamentals we have been discussing about for a while is not at all about falling down or not, its that we are talking about manipulating our state of balance so that pressure goes to the ski we want at the moment we want, and more or less stays there (unless we don't want it to), and to the part of the ski we want and stays there (unless we don't want it to). You can be staying up and not falling down but if you fall onto the inside ski during the turn or do anything related to losing pressure from the part of the ski(s) that you actually want at some point during the turn, then balance is poor, you are not in balance.
Falling down is not the litmus test. Establishing ski engagement, primarily on the outside ski, as early as possible and maintaining that for the duration of the turn unless specifically desiring otherwise, is good balance.
if you push on your skis in certain ways in order to try to create pressure on the ski or part of the ski you want, but this pushing action causes you to push yourself away from the same ski a half second later into the turn, then it was not good balance, it was very poor balance and an attempt to use extension and create pressure that way to compensate for poor balance. If you are unable to tip the skis into the turn without projecting your CoM down the hill, so you project your CoM down the hill and end up diverging away from pressure on the outside ski and pressure, then balance was not good, it was thrown inside, at least temporarily, no matter how good you are at catching yourself later in the turn to regain balance again, perhaps. In that case balance was not established until late.
There are numerous examples we can think of, which are poor balance skills, the skier is not falling down, but those two fundamentals of mastering the way we position or CoM to BoS to manipulate pressure along the entire length of the ski, and laterally between the two skis...those two things can really only be executed over the entire duration of a ski turn if active dynamic balance is employed. If you miss the start of it, or do something proactive which impulses you out of balance later in the turn, then balance mastery was simply not there. It does not matter if the skier falls down or not....falling down simply means the balance was WAY off. Most of us have basic balance skills to avoid that from happening, yet most on the hill are all over the freaking map in terms of being out of balance in the terms of those two fundamentals I just described. That is not skiing in balance.