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While taking a test last winter, I was told that I needed more long leg, short leg. I take that as meaning there was too much bend in the downhill ski leg and not enough in the uphill ski leg. Maybe not enough separation between the two? Maybe not so much two ski skiing, with equal weight on both skis, but more weight on the downhill ski. I really like to put weight on the uphill ski as well as the downhill. Any thoughts or exercises?
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It's hard to prescribe any particular exercises that would be most beneficial for you from your description. The "long leg--short leg" thing can mean many things, although you are right that it almost always refers somehow to the fact that the inside and/or uphill leg is typically bent more than the other leg. It's an important concept, and on some levels, almost inevitable. It has become almost a "buzzword" in some circles, though, and I'm always wary of things like that, because they can become way overused. I know at least one instructor who seems to believe that "long leg-short leg" is some sort of panacea for whatever ails you.

I'm not trying to say that the feedback you were given was not appropriate for you, though. But it is hard to say at this point exactly what it meant, or exactly what the perceived problem was that "more long leg-short leg" should cure. I will suggest that it often refers more to a timing issue than an actual movement (no idea whether this is relevant to you, though, so take it for what it's worth!) Like many things, what happens in one turn must reverse for the next, and the timing, rate of speed, and intensity of the movements involved can greatly affect the transition of the turns.

Can you describe any more? What do YOU think the issue that prompted the feedback was?

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
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A test from a person who only has a hammer for a tool


Here's an indoor test for you. Grab a chair and stand with your left foot on the chair and your right foot on the floor on the right side of the chair. Imagine your right foot is the downhill leg. It's a pretty steep run and you're going across the fall line, so get your feet spread as far apart as you can comfortably get them. Are you standing straight up? Good. Now shift your hips to the left and dip your right shoulder a bit, while trying to keep the same amount of weight on your right foot (your downhill foot will have more weight right?). Is your right knee straight or bent slightly? Now make sure it's straight. From this position, dip your left shoulder and raise your right shoulder and try to shift a little weight to your left foot. Is your right knee bent now? Play with this for a bit and see if a light bulb goes on. If not, the answers will help us help you.
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