You guys are good, sharp observations. I'll fill in a couple of the blanks for you.
First, Rich, you short change yourself, buddy, your answers were spot on, save one. The jacket is a Karbon. I took the zippered sleeves off because I was burning up having to hike that bloody hill 150 times a day for getting all the footage I needed for the DVDs. Had to wear the rest of it because it had big chest pockets that I kept the radio in for communication with my camera girl (Janis). Your critique on it was refreshing though, usually people rag on me about the pants.
Zenny, BTS, good eye on the rotary move as I enter the turn. What it actually is is something I call a pelvic shift. It eliminates the counter of the previous turn and drives the new inside hip forward to provide me with the small but needed degree of early pelvic counter that helps pronate the new outside foot, which directs pressure to the big toe side of that foot and ski. If you watch close you will see the lead change take place in my skis/boots as I do that pelvic shift. And if you look close again you will see the slight counter in my pelvis as I go through the turn. If you have the means to freeze the video, which it sounds like you do, BTS, you will see it quite clearly if you stop it just as I pass the falline. I'm not actually using that move to create any rotary force to start the turn, it's just a new counter creation move that does not transfer any significant rotary force down to the skis.
Zenny, good eye too on the early weight transfer and inclination. The weight transfer is accomplished by a very slight push down on my uphill foot, which creates the state of imbalance that tips me across my skis and into the new turn. I don't try to angulate because I am only going to be ultimately going to a low edge angle, and I want to have a bit of weight on my inside foot. I need some pressure on the inside foot because I do steer this turn with a combination of leg power and core strength. Without that slight inside foot pressure the powerful leg steering needed to make a turn this sharp is more challenging. So Zenny, you had it right, there is a component of waist steering in there, that combines with the leg steering.
As far as the skid angle being used, it's not micro small. When you make a 1-2 meter radius turn on a 15 meter ski, a super small skid angle is impossible, because of the amount the ski has to break out of tracking straight ahead to make that turn shape happen. But I only use the least amount needed to get the turn down, and in this turn that is my only purpose for using any skid angle at all. In this turn skid angle has nothing to do with controlling speed, and all to do with producing the turn shape.
Yes, BTS and Zenny, I think you both mentioned the self steering effect that comes from the skid angle. Absolutely, it contributes. But for a turn this sharp obviously a skid angle on the smaller side will not be enough. With no supplemental rotary force thrown into the mix, the resultant turn shape would have been much larger than happens here.
BTS, very nice, how you noticed where my feet were pressured in the dry land demo. There was I reason i had to lift part of my foot as I turned. That rug was the best I had at the moment for trying to create a low friction surface for steering on, but it was still very poor. I had to lift part of my foot to keep them from sticking as I turned. Leave it to you to catch it. :)
I have a couple more things to add, but I think I'll go ahead and post this much, and write it up in a second post.
Edited by Rick - 8/11/15 at 9:04pm