Originally Posted by ssh
Can you expand on this at all? I think this could really help me, but I don't really get how to do it. Ric (VSP) was having me do a Carb Walk to get the feeling, but it was just too weird (and I think the terrain was likely too steep for it, too).
Anyway, I'd greatly appreciate any further explanation you could offer.
It was quite a simple move, they were retraction turns, but really taking them to their maximum, so as the turn reached its apex, with the legs fully extended, rather than letting the skis arc around, you actively sucked them back in, under you, and then pushed them out to the other side (extending).
The thing was, you were very active in retracting and extending, constantly. Chap showing us this called them Sucking Turns for that reason. He was very enthused about them, and wanted to share.
As you sucked the feet back to you for the cross-under, it felt quite fake, but evidently some muscle memory was happening, because it cut back in when I encountered some bumps on the way back to base. It activated automatically, without any conscious input from me, and I felt like a bump god!
It's not really a Crab Walk... very different intention. This Sucking Turns is very muscular and active... I should add that this chap is huge on strengthening your core in all skiing, by crunching in your guts and rolling the shoulders over quite a way (Austrian model). Sucking Turns employ a lot of gut power.