Are we talking about dynamic movement ? I mean balance is not static gliding, obviously. You can't have dynamic movement unless you are in dynamic balance. I was going to say "dynamic equilibrium", but the one component that screws everything up is the brain, which does not only react predictably to restore balance, but also act unpredictably.
If we remove one's brain and consequently turn one into a PSIA man, I'm sure the answer would be hidden somewhere in here: http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Equilibrium
Otherwise, I think that I can perform some magic incantations to jiggle my brain, switch back into "systems theory" mode and find some Z transforms that model a skier in balance as a feedback-based system with a purpose! But I would have to quantify "fun" and I'm reluctant to, sober as I currently am.
Perhaps game theory offers the best answers here, in the form of some Nash equilibrium of some sort. That tends to neutralize the brain with logic though and is frowned upon by free skiers, free thinkers and beer drinkers alike.
AHA - this IS a ski forum, so here are some assertions about balance and skiing:
- balance is a fundamental skill for any skier. Training balance off the snow is a must
- balance is created by reacting to restore balance, with dynamic movement. Range of movement, strength and agility for recoveries are critical skills.
- balance is facilitated by proper movements (i.e. carving to have a platform to balance on) and is impaired by improper movements (i.e. upper body rotations)
- balance must be trained on snow, to learn and engrain proprioceptive reactions to typical skiing situations, as challenging and increasing ranges of movement
- the more one engrains proper movements, the more one facilitates balance
p.s. my (only) workout to prepare for skiing is one legged squats on a balance board
Edited by razie - 11/11/15 at 9:30am