"the poles man, the poles... what are you all snowboarders???"
Originally Posted by Colossus178
I've noticed that I still have a tendency to wedge a bit as I release from one turn and intiate another....
There must be some mechanism that I'm missing -- rotary motion of the released foot, driving that foot forward into the turn...
What is the right way to get the released foot to change direction? Or, is there no trick...
I would appreciate any suggestions.
Colossus178... Please consider these "suggestions" as you have requested!!! I'm responding because it seems like NONE of the advice I've seen mentioned here, IMHO covers your question in a "real world" skiing situation. I've parsed your question in the quote above...Please review, does this capture the essense of it? Also, I am in no way an instructor, and have absolutely NO interest in such... but do think I can add something here which could help, so will give it a try???
My suggestions are going to based on an assumption that you are NOT a one time skiier just moving up from that beginners snow plow... AND again I'll assume you have enough time on skiis to have some balance or "sense" of what is going on... ie: amount of weight you have on each ski, etc.
If you watch accomplished skiers working hard on moderate and steeper slopes, you'll see several things happen at the weight shift/edge change. These things aren't absolutely required to shift weight on a low inclined slope and I'm guessing instructors probably avoid discussing them until the skiier advances (and gets a "sense" of their weight shifting over) to simplify learning.
First, a pole plant is often the "trigger"... I prefer a reaching plant (obviously on the downhill side - and the timing is absolutely critical!!!) which occurs as I'm beginning to release the weight off my downhill ski. The force of the plant drives my...
.........this isn't going to be easy to describe until I refer to right/left hand/foot because the downhill side is going to change and mess us up. I'll use YOUR example "As I'm turning to the right." OK, a turn to the RIGHT it is.......
I'm just completing a turn to the left, my Right ski has been the downhill ski and has had the majority of my weight shifted to it... My right leg is more extended, and my left knee has been more bent. I am continuing to maintain being "forward" over the skis (pressing my shin forward in the boot). My right ski is nearing the end of it's arc and my skiis are aimed more towards the left side of the run.
1) to "trigger" the beginning of a quicker weight shift, I plant my right pole reaching forward. As my feet continue progressing towards that plant point, the backwards "push" from the right hand holding that pole, lifts my right side and BEGINS the unweighting of my right foot. (you can actually accomplish the same thing if you "kind of stand up a bit" AS your skis move from out to your right across under you and to your left, though the weight shift is slower)
2) as part of the weight shift, most skiers actually move the right (unweighting) ski forward, almost a "sliding" it forward motion (which bends that knee). If you watch video, you can see this is when the uphill leg (left in this example) extends and is now moving behind the right ski, and is taking up your weight. (try playing with this a bit at speed on an even groomed slope, "slide" your left ski forward as you turn left, then switch and slide your right forward on a right turn - try turning both with and without the slide, I feel the extra weight and a better carve on the turns with the slide.)
3) although perhaps barely perceptable... most skiers will actually lift/drag/slide (ever so slightly) the BACK side of the now unweighted right ski and move it inward a couple inches to align with the path of the "now entering it's carving arc" left ski.
geezzz... If I hadn't ONCE posted a one word comment here on epicski.com, I'd be sure I couldn't do it by less than writing a stupid book each time??? I hope there's something in there to help.
To all you who claim to be "two footer" carvers out there, what do you think?