Originally Posted by The Engineer
Originally Posted by razie
what do you meant a transition pointing down the hill? I can't picture that. There's always an offset between gates, you must get across from one gate to the next, or in free skiing, from one turn to the next... what do you mean the skis point down in transition?
If your skis are pointing across the hill, you travel in a line where altitude doesn't change and you do not accelerate. If the skis are pointed straight down the hill, you accelerate the fastest. I would say that most transitions have the skis pointing in between those two extremes, so that there is still acceleration from skiing at an angle down the slope, so if you unweight you will not get as much acceleration.
Gravity works on the COM. You don't need a pressured ski to be a prisoner to gravity, but a belly.
Maybe I should let Jamt explain conservation of stuff, but you can't push without side effects. If you push into the skis, the hips move. If you push too early, your hips move in the wrong direction. Does that make sense or not?
A. if you push before your hips cross the skis, then you slow down even more, because you're fighting gravity, you're pushing the hips back up the hill and you're not letting them move down the hill and over the skis. You're slow.
B. if you push at skis flat, the hips move up (or slow down their movement down the hill) and you loose inclination in the next turn. Game over.
C. if you push after the skis are on the new edges, after the hips have moved into the new turn, that's GREAT.
If you choose C - how much will you wait for the hips to move down into the new turn and the skis to get on edge? Well, the longer you wait, the further you are from B, so the better.
I mean is there an option D or something?
However, this discussion requires that you're in the "strong ankle" bucket in Phil's video. If you're not, then sure, it's better to work on getting there... and it's a fairly long way...
Edited by razie - 12/29/15 at 10:49am