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Leg/body separation

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I'm being lazy: I've made a cursory search of the topic, but I really haven't done much research. Can anyone point me at a thread on the topic of leg/body separation? More specifically, I am struggling to let my legs work freely under my body. As someone mentioned in a recent post about skiing moguls, those of us who can't let our legs work freely end up getting thrown around (bucked off, as it were). Can anyone suggest any drills to work on this, to develop the ability to let my legs work while keeping my body still?
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see a CSIA level III or IV pro and do a progression of hockey stops, linked hockey slides, and pivot slips.

I think pivot slips are one of the three or four best drills to improve a skiers......skiing.

PSIA-RM has produced a DVD with all these maneuvers. Vail Snopro is featured doing the pivot slips and they are very, very good.
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What are pivot slips?
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As demonstrated by PSIA-RM examiner Ric Reiter aka VailSnoPro

Edited by dchan - Thu, 05 Feb 09 06:55:27 GMT

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Any drill where your legs pivot under your body while your torso remains pointed down the hill will help you with upper/lower body separation.

A good one to try is to have your arms at your side, and grab the poles so that they're pointed away from your body, down the hill (obviously this should be done on an uncrowded slope). Then make turns down the hill as normal, but keep the poles facing directly down the hill at all times. This way your legs will turn, but your body remains stationary. Keep in mind that's not how you want it to be all the time - your torso should follow the direction of the skis to some degree - but this helps get the feeling of upper/lower body separation.
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Originally Posted by jstraw
What are pivot slips?
aka braqague (sp)
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Try holding your pole extended (palms up) and carve GS turns while matching the pitch of the hill with you arms and (more importantly), your shoulders. You will be amazed at how much you have to crunch your ribs to match the hill. You can also do it without poles on a crowded slope. To exaggerate this even more, try touching your outside boot tops with one hand while holding the other one level with the pitch- without bending forward at the waist.
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