Originally Posted by disski
Can you tell me why it looks different Rick?
When my instructors pivot the edge seems there - but not engaged fully -I see a track that is on the snow & smeared but defined & then clean... & both skis do this sort of track....
These people seem to do a small "hop" & bring the second ski to the first - almost a "one and two" action at turn initiation..... the skis do not have a good track & I find these people hard to follow skiing - the turns feel all wrong if I follow them
There are 3 distinct transitions being described here Disski;
1) In the pivot
, or redirection
A-man, Ott and I were referring to, the skis disengage from pressure on the snow completely during the transition, and are turned in unison toward the falline before pressure and a new carve are reestablished. This transition method will not display the uninterupted "carve - to smear - to carve
" track your instructor produced. This pivot transition will display a loss of contact in the resultant track, a blank spot so to speak.
2) What you discribe your instructors doing is more of a "carve - to steer - to carve
" transition. Steering differing from pivoting because steering involves a maintaining of pressure on the ski while it's redirected toward the falline.
This method of redirection results in a bigger dumping of speed than occurs during of a pivot because of the longer pressured drag period. Neither of these redirection methods are inherently superior to the other, just different, with different uses and merits.
At the end of the redirection, be it a pressured redirection as here, or a non-pressured redirection as in a pivot, the skis are then feathered as quickly and smoothly as possible into a carve.
The efficiency of that feathering is one of the things that marks skill proficiency in these moves. Depending on the degree of redirection, skilled pilots can pivot (or steer) and feather so fluidly and efficiently that the untrained eye might not even realize it's been done, and swear the turn was arc to arc.
3) The redirection you describe your friends performing sounds to be more of a dynamic hopping stem. Very inefficient, with much wasted movement/energy, and a very harsh execution. This is a very crude, unrefined method of redirection. Good to learn as a versatility drill, but not to be typically used as a preferred method.