Originally Posted by habacomike
I've been watching the videos. They are, from what I can tell, a Movement Analysis discussion with ski instructors. They are not instruction of the students, but are instead looking at ski performance and body performance and identifying the changes in the movement patterns that would allow more efficient/dynamic skiing. Personally, I find them to be quite useful.
As to the whole fore/aft thing, there are a lot of people on this board who believe in forward pressure. I'd say that the vast majority of top tier ski coaches/instructors are much more in the camp of being centered. I say this from skiing with 6 current or former demo team members, several CSIA level 4 instructors, and watching the coaching of JF Beaulieu, Reilly McGlashan, and Paul Lorenz. It's a topic that is a source of endless debate and no one is going to change adherents of either camp's mind.
exactly. i missed initially what was going on - i thought he was talking to students.
forward/central. yes. it depends on the turn shape and timing and preference, sure. still - i would not tell anyone to "get back" perhaps "stay more centered on the skis". The problem those skiers had though was they were parking it forward and staying there with long legs at the end of the turn, rather than roll pressure more dynamically through the turn. It's not about getting more "back" but more flexed - which he eventually does mention. I think some had soft boots too.
it is an endless debate though because the ski designs are endless and boot choices and body shapes are endless and turn shapes and terrain choices are endless. but in a nutshell, the more performance you get from the skis, the more you need to worry about recentering, which is why i don't like asking anyone to "not get forward" in general - I don't like limiting anyone to one single turn shape.
Also, one won't know what "ski performance" one can get, until one gets it - which one won't if one's not forward enough - chicken egg thing :) But again, he was talking to L4 candidates apparently, who should know this stuff.
I do like later though, when he does talk about the X-move and what that means to being forward and flexed.