Originally Posted by Galun
Probably 2 - 3 weekends of skiing left. But most likely there won't be any more gates, since all the races are pretty much over.
The exercise you described sounded like the training for flushes in slalom, which had been another thing I had been working on. When I tip my ankles, the sidecut turns the ski. To stay balanced, I need to "move" forward and laterally to put shin pressure over the outside ski. When I gain speed, things fall apart because I cannot tip my ankles quick enough.
I had been given the drill to ski on one ski on flat terrain, using ankle tipping only. A couple turns on right leg, switch to a couple turns on left leg, switch back, repeat. I am getting better on the right leg, still not so good on the left leg.
I think I still have too much upper body initiation to turn. Had been trying to move it down to initiate from the ankles.
Work on ankle-tipping for little turns down the fall line as in a flush. Do both ankles together, same timing, same speed, same angles.
Work on speeding up the ankle tipping. You can skip the pole planting if that helps you get the ankles tipping faster. How fast can you tip them?
For every run you make, practice speeding up the ankle action at the bottom of the run where the pitch flattens.
You can get the wrist-flicking pole action to work later on.
Then work on this progression:
-start with a straight run on easy pitch terrain where there is no crowd traffic
-ankle-tip to make those the fall-line flush-type turns
-then add LIFTING your inside knee higher, HIGHER.
-The general idea: keep the ankle tipping going, but add the knee lifting (flexing) to it.
-don't do anything else. You'll get wider turns when you lift that inside knee.
Work on doing this and lifting that knee higher and higher (up to your chest!).
Work on moving smoothly from flush turns to short turns to medium to long turns.
Next work on speeding up the ankle-tipping, and speeding up the knee lifting.
That ought to keep you productively busy for the next two weeks.
This is not to say that initiating all turns should happen this way, but it's something that you need to have in your tool box. It has its advantages.
If you start your turns with ankle-tipping and add knee-lifting, your inside ski won't be flatter than the outside ski (because the ankle will be tipping).
You can shorten the turns if you work on tipping faster, and knee-lifting faster. The skis will hold; the unwanted skidding that is evident in the video will disappear.
The upper body will not be involved in initiating these turns. And your stance won't be widening as it does in that video.
Working on these things without gates is optimal. Gates would only interrupt your focus on feeling your balance and embedding the skills.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 4/8/16 at 5:05pm