Originally Posted by Art of Skiing
Closed as in not countered.
Anna is definitely not in the front of the boot there, I am willing to bet you there is hardly to no shin pressure at all. But sometimes no pressure at all is faster. That is tactics.
Do not get me wrong btw, I am not saying you should purposely create tip lead by pushing the inside ski forward. All I am saying is that tip lead occurs naturally due to counter and inside leg flexion. It is a result of biomechanics. Hence it seems quite strange to me to argue against it.
I didn't say she's on the shins - that's not where pressure comes from, but the front of the boot literally as in ball of the foot.
To study counter and lead, do this:
Start braquage, i.e. sliding slowly down the hill, with the feet close together.
counter, as in turn the hips to face down the hill as well as you can.
check your uphill ski tip lead: likely lots
now, without un-countering the hips, reduce the tip lead by flexing the knee (i.e. from hamstrings).
I can do this contortion until there is no more tip lead, without unwinding the counter significantly. If you can't, it means there's some biomechanical limitation as in range of flexion or boot setup.
p.s. if you're not arguing for purposefuly pushing the boot forward (shuffling) that means you're either saying that we should 1) have a lazy inside foot (which neither pushes forward nor pulls back, just hangs there) or 2) pull it back as possible, in which case you're agreeing with me.