Originally Posted by Fastman
By making extension of the old inside leg the first move, you are in effect creating an immediate transfer of pressure/forces to an extending/strengthening leg. This is a much better situation. By employing this methodology a simultaneous focus on a relaxation of the old outside leg is really not needed. The moment the extension of the old inside leg is initiated pressure is automatically removed from the old outside ski, which immediately relieves it from duty. It's left with nothing to do but relax.
Thank you! The inside leg extension is what I was thinking at the outset was first, as the inside knee is already fully flexed...
But, since recreational skiers don't normally have the edge angles that high, and their inside knee is not rolled up under the body then their transfer of POP can be slow and often incomplete. Which can result in the spread-eagle face plant.
So, I suggested the relaxation of the outside ski be the first move -- the inside ski has no choice but to pick up the slack, and the transfer of POP will be complete. In 97% of all skiing, the inside leg can handle it, since it is not rolled up under the skier.
If everything was done correctly, ie. CM released early in the turn, at the right time, and resulting line is deemed acceptable, there's nothing left to do but ride the ski as the CM crosses over and the ski rolls from little toe edge to big toe edge into the next turn. Effortless and efficient. This makes completion of one control phase = initiation of the next turn, and the transition becomes an artifact of ski analysis....
This was where I was about to point out "Aha! Relaxation of the outside leg is a primary movement!" but as you reminded us, this does not work for the highest edge angles. So, it can't be that pot at the end of the rainbow.
But what about ILE? Can extension be considered a primary movement? I think so, assuming the other leg does relax to avoid the uncertainty in transfer of the POP. For high edge angles, you write:
Originally Posted by Fastman
The moment the extension of the old inside leg is initiated pressure is automatically removed from the old outside ski, which immediately relieves it from duty. It's left with nothing to do but relax
I'd suggest that for lower edge angles it must
relax, to avoid an incomplete transfer of the POP. And to "let" the CM move across, as opposed to push it across with the extending leg.
This is a very advanced move, since it is netiher fully "make"/"let". It looks like one "makes" the POP transfer by concentric muscle activity (extension of the inside leg) but "lets" the CM cross over (by relaxing the outside leg and hips). Got to get this to the hill!
I won't be able to try any of these things for another month! I have to be content with cyber skiing until then.