Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
More playing with this. Skied with an exaggerated wide stance for awhile this morning, kind of cowboy turns. I became quite aware of the new inside skis "desire" to pull in just at transition. Since the tracks last week didn't show as a skid, I assume it's a bit of a wedge entry. Bad.
One really needs to manage the inside ski (as *they* say.)
As the morning went on I could narrow the stance width.
I also moved to a kind of weighted release (as *he* calls it) which to me is very similar to Bob Barnes' "default" turn movement pattern.
As BB says, just keep standing on the outside ski as and after you tip it, starting the turn with pressure on the outside edge of the now inside ski. You then gradually build up pressure under the new outside ski. You don't try to get early pressure to the new outside ski.
To do this you a:) need to be forward, no way to pressure the outside edge of the new inside ski otherwise and b:) keep it pressured so it doesn't drift in or wedge.
This is a bit like a white pass turn.
The progression worked wonders. I was skiing amazingly well and with a leap in my feeling of control and smoothness.
A wedge entry isn't necessarily bad...Bode and Lindsey Vonn do it all the time.
I think we're all waaay too concerned with the inside ski, and I see it in racers and good skiers every day: Focus too much on what the inside ski is doing, and you start tipping in and weighting the inside ski. One of the USST touch points for slalom is "outside ski to outside ski". If you think in those terms, the inside ski takes care of itself most of the time.
Don't understand "weighted release". I want to get light when I release so I can redirect the skis. Watch some World Cup. They're releasing the energy built up in the ski at the end of the turn and getting incredibly light so they can redirect the feet to exactly where they want to initiate the next turn.
Agree that pressure on the outside ski should be gradual, not harsh. Don't agree that you don't want early pressure; I think you do.
Stay away from White Pass turns. That's tipping the whole body column, and you might (or might like, might not) reconnect with the ski. Roll the feet over to find the new edge, then get against the ski, not the other way around.
Spend some time working on all this on GS skis or longer. I was skiing with one of the 70 FIS point skiers on the CU Development Team, and she said more or less the same thing: You can ski well on a pair of SL skis, but you can also get away with a lot of crap. Get on a pair of GS skis and make all this happen, then you'll know it's for real.
Ron LeMaster once said that skiing hasn't changed since Warren Witherell pretty much set down the rules of the game in How the Racers Ski back in 1972. To whit, at one of his fall presentations in Boulder a couple of seasons back, Ron said that the WC coaches emphasize the following:
- Quiet upper body.
- Early outside edge.
- Bend the tip to start the turn.
- Pressure predominantly on the outside ski.
If I'm working with one of my teammates or trying to fix a glitch in my own skiing, I always go back to these four basics, and the problem is always one (or more) of the above. Focus on the basics, keep it simple, and everything else falls into place...