Originally Posted by slider
I was workimg on pulling my feet back yesterday along with a few other movements. In all honesty it did make a difference. I'm sold.
Assuming the skier is on some pitch skiing with some speed and some angles, the two-foot pull-back will accompany long-leg-short-leg reversal, and some work at the hip area to avoid rotating into the turn. Pulling the feet back action is very effective in two different ways.
Pulling the new outside foot back at the top of the turn is an extension action.
--Getting that foot back involves extending the whole new outside leg back in a strong long-leg extension. The glutes contract (hip extension). This whole movement gets the new outside leg long and strong and and positions that foot behind the CoM from the start of the turn. It gets the skier "forward." This is not an advanced movement. See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rba2rQl-cWk
Pulling the new inside foot back at the top of the turn works differently from pulling the other one back.
--Getting the new inside foot back accompanies a shortening of the new inside leg. Pulling that new inside foot back needs to happen while the hip above it stays forward and high (to avoid upper body rotation), so the pull-back action happens low on the leg, not up at the hip. This pull-back presses the shin into the tongue of the boot. This pressing levers the tip of that ski downward into the snow and strengthens the contribution of the inside ski to shaping the turn.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 3/11/15 at 11:27am