Some help would be nice in short turns, the steering move before the tipping to be changed. I see a lot of this in both instructors and public and a proper perscription for change would be helpfull!
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12/10/04 at 6:20am
Originally Posted by jdowling
The standard progression for short turns include lots of sideslipping drills:
Sideslips to an edge set
Sideslips with some forward pressure to allow your skis to find the fall line
Sideslips with some uphill leg extension to allow your skis to find the fall line
Sideslips steering through the fall line
Sideslips steering through the fall line with a pole touch.
The reason for all the sideslips is that it helps you find the center of your skis. You may do pretty good long radius carved turns even if you are a little in the backseat, but you need to get to he front of your skis to do short radius turns.
Once you can steer a round, skidded short radius turn, you can add a little edge early in the turn. The earlier you engage your edges, the more speed control you will find at the top of the turn. A late and/or abrupt edge engagement often results in chatter, which is slower than skidding.
Short radius turns generally require some kind of skidding and steering. Even though a modern SL ski will carve a real short radius, that's really more like a GS turn than a short radius turn on a longer ski.
Hope this helps,