TGIF (Tips Go In First)
Originally Posted by bud heishman
Still a bit confused from your posts...You said before that you were moving the tips in and out and the tails tracked straight and here you say that the "theoretical pivot point" is around the tips. Tell me how you can possibly pivot around your tips and not displace your tails or move your tips in and out.
Your statements are very confusing and inaccurate. A good wedge from a straight run should show the width of stance not change while the tips move closer and the tails move apart demonstrating a pivot about the feet.
Difficult to explain an hour glass and I sure can't draw it with the computer so you will need to go to the snow sometime and try it. I am assuming you can visualize what an hour class would look like on the snow.
What is lost in this translation is a comment in a previous post on pushing out the heels in a wedge. Wrong approach to teaching a new skier. Teach the skier to steer the tips in and out in and hour glass shape. The pivot point is directly under your feet, give or take, and the tails, if done correctly will not displace but follow the fall line. Telling the skier to "pivot" the tips or "steer" the tips in and out of the fall line works quite nicely. If the tails displace you are on your heels and you will feel and or see the tails push out. The skis are flat in a minimal wedge shape, almost parallel; the shape we all should teach from when teaching a wedge. This was the only point to the post. Before you ask, the hour class in the snow is not wiped out by following tails because they are flat and when you steer the tip in and out, the steering creates a slight edge in the tip area drawing your hour class and the tail is far enough away not to be an eraser.
This is why I always say "Skiing is as simple as going downhill and turning feet" and others write books about doing instead of thinking and get rich.