Originally Posted by razie
when you say the direction of momentum, what does that mean? towards the current apex?
I played with this today - If I look towards the next apex, when I'm above the old apex, it seems to help, in freeskiing. In gates, you should theoretically look at least 2 gates ahead, which makes it more down the hill...?
The direction of momentum is the direction your mass would travel if you let your skis go flat. (Technically it's the tangent of the arc in a high performance turn.) It's obviously not me in the picture below ;)
I've found I get the most performance in advance parallel turns by looking slightly ahead of the direction of momentum. So when my skis move across the hill and mass moves across the hill with them, I look across the hill towards where my body's moving.
At the apex, I look a bit to the outside, but more down the hill.
In the slalom gates, I look red-to-red, and blue-to-blue. My skiing suffers a bit in gates - I lose pressure on the outside ski rather often, which is consistent with what happens when I freeski and look inside the turn.
So I'm backwards from what the Italians are doing. My motor system is still in a "go where you look" stage, which I seem to remember is something you'd expect from a 5 year old . I suspect that once skiers learn to decouple their head from their motor system, they get better results looking inside the turn and spotting their next apex.