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# describe the turn contest

Who can concisely describe the mechanics of an open parallel turn demo with the FEWEST words?
Now this will be interesting! I'll look forward to some rather enlightening replies!

All the pro's and wannabe pro's should have fun with this topic- it isn't as easy as it sounds!

Go for it, everybody!
Turn both feet at the same time.
"Watch this..."

### (psiman!)

Tip - Rotate - Skis - Simultaneous
Flatten-turn-edge-manage pressure-repeat
The mechanics for all turns (in general) should basically be the same.
With poles:

Flex, flatten and touch, pivot and extend.

That's the beauty of the CSIA lexicon: pivot has a very specific meaning.
BigE

I like the CSIA pivot. Man does it mean something. Rotate has so many connotations in the PSIA lexicon. Perhaps we should adopt something from our colder bretheren.
I would consider what psiman is doing to be a dynamic parallel and not an open parallel which to me is a sloppy skidded turn. Open parallel to me is tip and extend to flatten skis, turn legs to turn skis, manage pressure at bottom of turn which gets some edging happening, then repeat the process.
Am I seeing things, or is Psiman lifting the tip of his new inside skis at turn initiation? This issue is particularly noticeable on his right turns.

I watched at least 30 turns, and Psiman consistently gets his inside tips up in the air each and every turn. So this is no fluke! I venture to suggest this is an alignment issue. A good bootfitter ought to have a look at him.

My two devalued cents: open parellel: two skis, same time, same way.
Relax stance foot- tip that foot toward LTE-enjoy the ride!
Patprof
Roll'em.

if feels good!
Flatten skis, steer through turn.

### simply put

LOOK where you want to go
GUIDE both feet around the turn
REPEAT
Tip, turn.
Note...

Open parallel or basic parallel turns use very little edge/tipping. these are not carved turns but soft skidded parallel turns

DC
I like BigE's best so far, KB's second.

DC
Flex ankles and extend knee to move hips forward up over feet. Touch pole, roll both feet in direction of the new turn. Feel shins roll gently through the tongue of the boots. guide both skis throughout turn. Keep edge angles low.
Release, move diagonaly across our skis to the new edges, pressure, then shape the turn with steering and edgeing, repeat again. Later, Ricb.
The demo: make a medium radius, rather steered and slightly skidded parallel "patience" turn with pole swing and touch.
release
Isn't release a feature of any of your demos? How would a candidate know you're describing how to demo open parallel?
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 concisely describe the mechanics of an open parallel turn demo with the FEWEST words
Release & Extend.

Allow skis to find fallline.

Steer through the bottom of the turn.
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 Originally Posted by nolo Isn't release a feature of any of your demos? How would a candidate know you're describing how to demo open parallel?
Okay.

Extend or lengthen the legs to release the edges and move diagonaly across the skis to new the new edges, shape the turn with steering of both skis equally and control edging and pressure with slow continuos flexing of the legs.

You know, there can be a point where too few words will only confuse what's being described. Later, RicB.
I would argue that PSIA man/woman? is "park'n 'n' ridin" but it certainly is a great visual to contemplate.

Simultaneously release and guide

Then there is always "Shut up and ski". I just point at my "watch" then point at "me", then demo. No hot air expended.
french fries
Let's imagine we were trying to write a description for a manual or a magazine ski tip. Your goal is to get the job and not end up on the editing floor. Keep it coming!

Too few words is less descriptive than concise sentences that elicit clear visual images or sensations. Separate the turn phases and then blend them together with your words.

Who can quote PSIA's description so that we can use it as a basis to possibly improve on?
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 Originally Posted by JohnH I just point at my "watch" then point at "me", then demo.
Unless you are on a race course, why would you want them to time you???:
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