Thanks Rick. I just stumbled on these doing a search the other day. Now I need some snow to practice. Still trying to figure out what JF is talking about when he talks about steering of the lower body. I kinda see it in his videos, just have a hard time picturing how to do it here sitting on my sofa.
That's a question for Klaus and the http://www.sofaskischool.com/
JF's steering concept falls in the pivoting category, while sitting on the sofa: with the feet flat on the floor, just rotate your feet, while still flat on the floor, to the left, so they point to the left :)
in reality, steering as in guiding the skis is slightly more complicated and falls flat between pivoting and counteraction, in the sense that if your feet are flat, you get pivoting of the skis, if your skis are on edge, then steering has more to do with separation because you are pivoting uhh the femurs... yes, it is fuzzy because it is fuzzy
basically, if you define it that way, we are all steering even if just tipping the skis causes them to turn, because we maintain a good functional tension in the lower feet to not unwind the upper body!
So if your point of view is upper body centric (i.e. you think the upper body wants to not turn), then you need to steer the skis to the left, to turn them "underneath" or simply to allow them to keep turning left in relation with the upper body i.e. separation (whether they skid or not being the result of your edging skills). that's just what you did on the sofa!!! If you on the other hand, have a point of view were the reaction force from the snow causes a tipped ski to turn, then you turn the upper body the other way, for again separation, but as counteraction/coiling.
you pick your Newton... savvy?
so at one end of the scale you have sheer twisting and pivoting of the skis to turn them against the upper body and at the other you have tipping with square skiing. good skiing is in the middle of that range. The more dynamic, the more active the core&pelvis is/are and you get to pick if you ski from the body down or from the feet up.
however, the two approaches result in different turn mechanics and dynamics, in my view, and a keen eye can pick either bias in one's skiing, given the way big vs small muscle groups are used (or rather in what sequence?). One is suitable at low ski angles (where most rec skiers live, per RLM, where pivoting the femurs along their long axis still has to do with separation) while the other can cover the entire range (at the low end, the fact that the skis turn when put on edge is demonstrable by simply doing it, while at the higher edge angles, the rotation of the femurs along their long axis has more to do with edging than separation and "twisting and guiding the skis" when well engaged is not useful - other than in transition when you're not actively guiding them, but that's a different story for a different thread - in fact will want to lift your tails and mess with your status as lawfully engaged).
uhh did i just type all that?
Edited by razie - 9/28/15 at 7:28pm