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Stupid dog trick or is this actually practical?

post #1 of 5
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Fore and aft foot pressure during a turn...

 

I've read something about this, but I can't seem to find it.  Maybe on here, maybe in a book.  

 

I'll try to explain.

 

When I skied last, I wast trying to make arcing turns.  I wasn't trying to carve, if that makes sense.  I was merely trying to make my turns have that textbook look.  In actuality, my outside ski was probably close to carve.  I almost always try to face downhill as well and obtain as much separation as I can muster.  Separation is something I always practice.  I was also trying to edge early with the outside ski.   

 

What I found on one run was a pretty cool feeling.  Early in the turn,  I felt forward pressure inside my boot (near my toes) and then by the end... somewhere near transition I had aft pressure (near my heel).  I could repeat it from side to side.  I had to get on a pretty good pitch for it to work and had to find a steady rhythm. 

 

It seems to me that I remember reading something about this, but I can't find it.

 

During your skiing, does your foot pressure change with the stage of the turn?  Does this have any practical use?  Never heard an instructor mention it to me...

 

Thanks! 

post #2 of 5

I think you have the tail wagging the dog.


I'm by no means an expert, but you're locking into an aspect of fore/aft balance.  You're supposed to use foot pressure and fore/aft to control your turn, not the turn reporting foot pressure to you.

Fore/aft movement can be described either from perspective of the skis or the body. I'll write from perspective of body stable and skis moving.

 

When you initiate your turn, the skis should be a bit more aft to pressure the front of the skis and engage them to turn, meaning pressure on your toes.  And when you're finishing the turn the skis are a bit more fore to get the tips to release out, meaning pressure on your heel.  I recall some video explained your feet are really moving in a figure 8 under you.


You may not be consciously aware that you might be doing a figure 8 under you, or still just thinking that the ski movement is just lateral side to side.  It can be the modern skis or your lizard brain are automatically doing it.

post #3 of 5

I've read it in one of Lido Tejada-Flores' books. 

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I've read it in one of Lido Tejada-Flores' books. 

I don't have his books.  I went through his 3rd video and he didn't mention it in that.  Will check out his 2nd one.

post #5 of 5

I use the technique--pressuring the tail of the outside ski when finishing a turn in firm condition to keep the tail from skidding out--without actually leaning back. Whether that's a currently-approved technique I have no idea. The Tejada-Flores book that mentions the technique is from the straight ski era, and probably predates any videos. Keep in mind that the nuances of carving technique are somewhat ski and snow condition specific.

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