Originally Posted by RicB
I wonder what he looks like when he is cruising or skiiing steeps and bumps? Later, RicB.
My guess: Way better than you or I.
I've skied with some pretty accomplished racers, and I've yet to find one that doesn't rip all over the mountain if they feel like it.
Originally Posted by dchan
Bode and most racers ride a flat inside ski and hard edged outside ski. Properly waxed and prepped (unfortunatly we don't have the money or techs to wax our skis that way) a flat ski will run faster than an edged ski.
Er, one does not need a wax technician to make a ski run faster flat than edged.
|It's not as pretty as a PSIA turn but it much more functional and faster than our simultanous edge changes turns.
|Then again Bode can probably press about 10X what most of us can so the amount of force he generates and the ability to get back on top of his ski after a turn is possible. Most if not almost all of us would endup on the ground or injured.
Regardless of how weak any of us are, not changing edges simultaneously opens up a whole world of possibilities.
Riding your edges through the whole turn, only to simultaneously switch to the next set in some dynamic maneuver, is a difficult (and IMHO, kinda stupid) thing to do all of the time.
What requires strength
are the turn shapes that Bode generates. The technical aspects really don't matter...you and I can't make that radius turn at that speed, period.
One can very easily ski a flat ski between turns without superhuman strength. Its actually a very useful and important tactic. One can also utilize plenty of other "technique issues" that Bode exhibits, like counterrotation. You can use counter in many types of situations to assist in edge engagement without being particularly strong or good. You can utilize an a-framed position while turning to create larger edge angles than your body/gear would otherwise allow. You can use a one-footed stance on hard snow to provide the greatest possible grip. Actually, physics don't allow meaningful inside ski engagement in the situation Bode is in at that particular frame anyways.
Regarding "aft pressure", IMHO using the tails that the friendly folks in Austria provide you is not a technique "issue", its common damn sense. I'd really love to see video of an EpicSkier (or anyone) skiing slalom or GS on modern skis without
"aft pressure" at some point of their turn.
There exists a huge bag of technical tricks in skiing, and some of y'all are awfully confused in thinking that any of them are "bad" or "wrong." If applied improperly, it certainly can be awful, but that doesn't make counter a bad