YM and others: I am not starting a new thread on this topic because of that Discussion Starter badge. I simply can't avoid thinking about yogaman's quote below posted in another thread.
Quote: Originally Posted by yogaman
It's so much about managing the pressure. What the terrain does to us through out the turn and the transition whether the terrain falling away or rising, whether one foots in a rut while the other is on a high spot, whether the terrain falls away quickly or we are transitioning onto flatter terrain impacts how much either leg has to flex or extend to do it's job. The outside leg being long and the inside leg being short while turning ...yes, but how much??? We release the pressure to switch edges and we use the pressure to bend the ski. How much extension does it take to maintain ski snow contact? Whether we are skiing bumps or training slalom with deep ruts. How much flexion does it take to get big angles? How much retraction does it take to release the pressure? How much do we absorb the virtual bump with flexion or how much do we have to extend to maintain snow contact because we didn't absorb the virtual bump. I think we can only answer these questions as we watch a turn and understand what is happening and whether or not we believe the skier responded ideally or not to the demands of each turn. It's what I like best about gate training. In free skiing we are usually free to manage each turn or let each turn manage us without paying a penalty. It's different in the gates where the turn needs to be initiated and completed in relative specific areas in order to make the next gate and complete the course. YM
As I have stated I teach beginners and intermediates. For beginners I start with gross upper body positions (keep your hands in sight in your goggles) and lower body movements (stand like this in a pizza/wedge), to starting intermediates (touch your downhill knee raise your uphill shoulder, tip your knees uphill). As the student's skills progress, I transition to teaching from the snow up. And in my personal skiing I try learning from the snow up. I have never raced gates. So, here goes:
WHAT SHOULD OUR FEET FEEL?
Where, when, how and why?
My specific question is applicable to beginner, intermediate, expert, advanced, free, carve, skidded, bump, race and other types of skiing.
For teaching, what should I tell my students to feel for?
In my personal skiing what should I feel for?