Originally Posted by sibhusky
I've been looking at all these videos and it looks like a monoski technique being used on groomers. Do you have any moguls videos? Off-piste? The reason I ask is this technique doesn't appear to be very strong and stable to me. And none of the videos seem to be on anything other than ballroom-finished terrain. They take forever to download, and I've downloaded a bunch, so if you could tell me which one demonstrates the technique on other than green terrain, I'd appreciate it. (I pulled down the contour one, but that certainly wasn't much more tricky than the others.)
I am a runner (and about to run my first marathon), so I am aware of the Tai Chi influence in sports. For example there is something called Chi Running and also a variation called Pose Running. These techniques attempt to expand on the notion that one can control the legs and their movement from the core. I don't use these techniques but my brother does with some success (he has run several marathons already). Even in skiing we already know that many prefer to drive with the core and let the feet follow. Not exactly a technique that can be used in all situations, but it is valid.
The problem is that skiing is a relatively static sport (by comparison). Before people jump on me for this statement, please note that when compared to running, skiing is much more static and I believe that control of the skis should generally come from the feet through subtle movements. Using your core to control you skis is sometimes necessary in certain applications or conditions (hence waiststeering and such ideas), but hardly a concept that needs to be drilled into recreational skiers.
Anyway, I have finally come to accept that TCS has an alternative approach to skiing. Instead of letting intermediates skid around and use their bodies to buy a turn, he now gives them a formal progression to achieve the same.