Originally Posted by jzmtl
I like to observe my own tracks when possible, and I noticed something that happen at times. My outside ski track is the same thin line throughout the turn, but inside ski start to smear approaching apex, and stops after. The smear pattern is pretty symmetrical with regard to start/finish point.
I'm thinking it's caused by too early/much counter/hip angulation, which in turn causes my inside leg to a-frame/rotate towards outside of turn, and maybe too little weight on inside ski. Thoughts?
That image on the left does not show a smearing inside ski. It shows a flat inside ski.
That ski needs to be up on edge. There are several conceptual ways of approaching this. All these help get the inside ski up on edge and doing its job well.
1. First, focus on the inside ankle. Try tipping that inside ankle over harder, more, lower, lower as the turn happens. Think about making its outside ankle bone touch the snow. Start this at initiation.
2. Another ankle focus: try lifting the big toe edge of that inside foot inside the boot. Or think of it as lifting the arch. Lift it more, more, higher as the turn happens. Start at initiation and keep doing it.
3. Try focusing on your inside knee. Move it away from the other knee, as in going bowlegged with it. Focus on keeping its distance from the outside knee LARGE. Start doing this at initiation.
4. Another focus on the inside knee: point it in the direction of the new turn at initiation, and keep pointing it more, harder, more, more as the turn progresses. Or think: knee points at trees, more, more.
5. One more thing for the inside knee. Lift it up as the turn progresses, higher, higher, moving it upward towards your armpit.
6. Another focus can be on the whole inside foot. Swivel it slowly over its arch so its toes point in the direction of the new turn. Start doing this at initiation, and do it more, more, more through the turn.
**Be sure to lean your upper body out over your outside ski as the turn progresses as you do any of these. It should carry your weight, and the active inside foot/leg should be waay lighter. You might even try lifting that inside ski off the snow. Nothing should happen when you're doing this if you're doing things right.
If you find that you cannot do any of these six things, there's some blockage going on with your stance.
Do you ski into counter? That is, does your upper body, including hips, stay more pointing down the hill than your skis as they move past the fall line and into the new direction? The answer should be yes. And remember to lean out over your downhill ski so it carries the load. Skiing into counter and angulating over the outside ski are related.
Practice each or any of these first while standing static at the top of a run, then do one turn doing it. Be sure your focus in on the inside ankle, foot, knee, from the very start of your new turn.
Check for incoming traffic before doing any of these, of course.
Look at tracks for signs of success.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 2/12/15 at 5:57am