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# Thanks to JPski

Thanks to JPski we have a better explanation and graphic for my "Trees Don't Stand Up Straight" teaching line.

See it at: http://thestache.tripod.com/id15.html

Stand at the side of a steep pitch on a blue and really look at the profile of most skiers in the fall line.
Are they standing perpendicular to the snow?? :
or parallel to the trees??:
Most people are standing perpendicular to gravity. It’s a very unnatural act to stand perpendicular to the slope you’re sliding on.

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check out the new and improved version! weve gone 3D (stick figure!)
High tech, it aint, but an interesting optical illusion and study of stance....I dont think it will be replacing the Fry Twins pocket guide, but you never know. (if its an orange figure, its the new one)
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 Originally Posted by BillA Most people are standing perpendicular to gravity. It’s a very unnatural act to stand perpendicular to the slope you’re sliding on.
Exactly! That's why most people have increasing trouble getting the weight off the tails as the pitch increases. They extend UP but that puts them BACK. If they would make that extension OUT the CM would be in the middle of the turn not somewhere behind the feet.

I have had more luck getting otherwise solid skiing "Terminal Intermediates" who were stuck on Blues to breakthrough into skiing Blacks once they grasped this concept of keeping the upper body perpendicular to the snow and not parallel to the trees. Extending OUT away from the snow on the steeps rather than UP away from the snow on the lesser pitches. It is the same exact movement only rotated on the same axis as the plane of the snow surface was rotated on.

Hey Stache, I resemble this comment!
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 Originally Posted by SugarCube Hey Stache, I resemble this comment!
EXACTLY! You are the perfect example of the totally solid intermediate skier whose stance and movement on the Blues is perfect. However, as the snow surface is rotated to a steeper pitch, only the skiis follow that rotation. From the ankle up you keep moving in the old plane, getting further back until you "bruise your backside".
So how do we learn to overcome our natural tendancy to stand up instead of extend in the direction of the next turn?
Preferably you get a flex extend rhythm going and carry it right over the pitch maintaining your stance/alignment to the skiis.

The First time it is almost blind faith and trust in what your instructor is telling you.
Just ask yourself "How badly can I get hurt if I propel my body out into space like a parachutist?? The ground is only 6-12 feet away from my head and only 2 inches below my feet."

After that the success you achieved when you tried it, and it worked, will give you the confidence to do it everytime! Success breeds success.
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