Interesting talk about being forward in one or two of the recent MA threads. Mr. Barnes talked about actually being too far forward, I believe causing some issues with the tails of the skis.
I have been working hard on my forward movement and position this year. And if I ever actually have a day when our trails are full width and there are not two thousand skiers going down at once, well I may even have vid made so you guys can go to town on me. Anyway, I think I had a major breakthrough this season because I realized that in the past, I was "driving" my knee forward, which basically put my a$$ a bit too far back. While I may have been pushing on the front of the boot, it was not nearly enough or maybe not for long enough time. Not sure which, maybe both. This year I started to focus on getting my hips forward. Probably a subtle difference, but it seems quite different to me. I am trying to close my ankles by using my whole body mass, vs. pushing the knees forward. So I am sitting around all happy about how this small part of my skiing is going for the better and then I start reading about too much forward lean and the timing of said forward lean.
So now I am all confused again. I try so hard to keep the forward pressure there all the time. In reality, I know it is not possible for me, especially on my slalom skis because things happen so fast. I swear half the time I am struggling to keep up with those skis. While this has been discussed to death I'm sure, could someone guide me through this? I am using the cross under motion now (wasn't doing that last season), and this has helped me immensely to keep my upper body in a much better position. It has all but eliminated my banking problem. So, as I bring my skis up and under me I am trying very hard to pull my body forward into the new turn, ahead of my skis. Eventually that forward position starts to pressure the ski tips. I can't imagine being able drive my body so far forward that I over power the tips or cause problems with the tails of my skis.
Now I have seen comments that pressure builds on the balls of the feet and travels back toward the heels as one progresses through the turn. I guess I am trying to understand this concept. It may be just happening automatically because sometimes I am fighting the feeling that the skis really want to squirt ahead of me. But I have to be honest, all I think about is trying to drive those ski tips once I am in the fall line. Body forward into the new turn.... try to use a pole plant to help pull my body toward the new direction................that is all that is going through my little brains these days.
One more question... does the type of ski make a difference as well? I use three skis, rossi hero LT, rossi hero ST, and a Kendo.
Off topic..... Trying not to park and ride. Focusing on continued flexing of inside leg and changing direction once I stop. It is incredibly hard. Not only does it require commitment as you pick up speed, but the timing has to be dead on. Any drills to help or is it just a matter of time on the snow? I can see it in my head but reality is completely different. Hats off to you guys that have this figured out.