I was thinking along the lines that "connected" meant having either inside edge engaged.
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12/11/04 at 11:38am
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Originally Posted by bud heishman
I guess to each his own. I like it both ways and do not like to limit my options. The same goes for other aspects in skiing like this whole steering vs. tipping thing. They both happen, they both work, and they are all in my repitoire.
When you have mastered balance it is fun to challenge it and tease it! If you are still searching for it your focus is limited to that. I remember training with some of my team mates in Mammoth years ago when we would go out on Spring mornings to a run called "Sunshine" on the East facing slope of Lincoln peak. There were always bumps there that had set up from the day before like sculptures of frozen coral heads. We would ski through them just to challenge our balance. The point being there were many moments where we were knocked off balance but by practicing and exposing ourselves to this type of challenge we were able to steadily improve. Trust me there wasn't much sense of an uninterrupted connection going on.
Originally Posted by Rick
I think you have it Bud.
We're referring to the period between turns; the transition. The time between when one arc is coming to an end, and a new one is beginning. . . . A pivoted top of the turn requires one to disconnect in the transition.
|Connection is stability, precision, fluidity, consistency, efficiency.
Disconnection is dynamic, athletic, reactionary, spontaneous, fun.
The best skiers are masters at staying connected, but feel very comfortable disconnecting and can do so in some pretty spectacular ways.
No one should limit their technical parameters, or worse, fixate on one.
Originally Posted by Rick
Totally agree cdnguy, as is apparent from this earlier post of mine:
The purpose here is not to designate "disconnected" a dirty word, and to dismiss transitions that require a disconnect as universally improper. Disconnecting is a must skill to possess, and you describe good examples of situations its employment is necessary. The intent here is really just to draw a distinction between the two states, and to suggest that when disconnecting is NOT needed, or desired, there might be a better alternative; a continuous foot to ground connection.
|I was under the impression that the notion of connectedness was applicable at any point in the turn, thus I kept relating connectedness to functional tension, and wondering why that notion has not yet appeared in the thread.|
|I don't know of to many exercises/drills on how to increase it.|