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post #31 of 35
Tom- I tried to describe my idea as succinctly and clear as possible. Perhaps I didn't. I am PSIA I. These things were taught to me by a PSIA II. Having taken a level II class one time a level III who taught it told us the same thing.

I was taught the shoulders should be over the knees. You might notice, this doesn't take much movement or change at all but can make a nice difference. Taking into account your suggestions about ankles and knees I don't think this is much of a change. One still must be concerned with CM and fore/aft balance. I am skiing much more relaxed, subsequently.

Perhaps I should call the level III at Meadows and tell him what he taught us was wrong? On the other hand a curved backbone may be a matter of degree contingent upon each individual's body. I do respect your suggestions, excellent points to keep in mind. On another thread I mentioned various visual or mental pictures I tell my students. It works. Someone mentioned about bending the backbone so one can feel his jacket with it; a good physical cue.

As to pulling the feet back, my ski director work with me on this concept. We spoke of this as a drill but when skiing it's staying forward which effects (results) in the same thing... pulling the feet backward. This keeps pressure forward on the outside ski as we turn. In no way am I forgetting about fore/aft balance and dynamic changes in terrain conditions.

After teaching some kids I met their folks on the hill. Noticing all were z turning and unweighting I showed them contrasting differences. They watched (I told them what I was about to do) as my first 3 turns I unweighted. The next 5 or 6 turns I did the extension/flexation with curved back. Before hand we discussed the differences and what to look for and how to achieve it. I then had them try it. They all did quite well. They had two remarks. My skiing between the first 3 turns and the last ones... the latter ones I was much smoother, faster. their other comment was- Good grief that is so much more relaxing and less energy! A couple of them still had some z-turn but that takes some time to unlearn. I've learned a neat lesson which deals with that specifically. Neat stuff.

Anyway, perhaps I'm stating things incorrectly, or perhaps I've been taught all wrong.
post #32 of 35

As you suggest the difference between shoulders and nose is small, but it is significant. Try moving your upper body back that small amount and see if the tails of your skis bite more and stop washing out into a skid at the bottom of the turn.

MOst advanced/expert skiers have a stance that is levered forward. I believe that it is due to the changes in recreational technique and equipment in the last 10 years along with years of skiing forward to facilitate "down, up and around".
post #33 of 35
Tom- Maybe you meant shoulders and waist instead of nose. The tail wash was due to my skis being detuned which I corected 2 years ago. I think that talking about the relaxed position with the back bone bent might have sounded exagerated the way I was speaking about it. I'm not bent way over in front. The back is curved and describes a parallel line with the lower leg. The lower leg incline due to the amt of knee bend changes. The back matches this. it is not bent over but relaxed. Knees are at contact with the tongue of the boot but not pressing down hard, taking out all the flex in the boot. This may be a poor analogy, but wouldn't that be like a car's suspension being compressed so far that there is nothing left. Therefore the slightest bump in the road would rattle the driver's teeth and/or send him off to Deluth somewhere instead of to the finish line? Anyway I don't get tail wash, I don't z my turns, no un-weighting, very stable and relaxed, and no chewing tobaccy. (nope- I don't chew, just humor)
post #34 of 35
i had a thread "question" which is similar to this one.
i did the belly button feeling,instead of the waist bending and crouching and that really helped a lot
thank you!!
except, the conditions were so great, we did the whole day without liftlines, great snow, great skiing!!
my back was killing me that nite.
but the next 2 days were also awesome!!!
post #35 of 35
Yep- a midriff flex instead of the waist, paralleling the lower leg angle, making sure knees can flex either direction.
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