Originally Posted by Coach13
Disski has it right, it's more of a thought process for me then an active forward movement of the inside hip.
Here's a link
to a post I made earlier in the year of what I'm trying to achieve. This thought process helps me achieve the appropriate amount of counter and eliminate excessive inside tip lead. Nolo actually discussed this in a thread on "Counter", and it help my skiing in leaps and bounds.
I read through the paragraph on the link you sited and I think I understand. Here's what you said and I've put two sentences in bold:"I had been working on skiing with a strong inside half, developing appropriate counter, angulating, and keeping the hands and shoulders level with the slope. Nolo posted in the counter thread a post that brought it all together for me in one fall swoop. She simply recommended that during the turn that the inside hip be aligned with the outside foot during the turn. What did this result in? Plenty. It created the right amount of counter, which led to the ability to easily angulate and keep the shoulders level. It also helped get rid of any excess inside tip lead.As to my outside half, the only thing I think about is making sure my outside hand beats my outside leg through the turn."
Thanks for the clarification. I think your interpretation of Nolo's tip makes lots of sense if it means that the outside foot and the inside hip should be more or less in alignment - AT ANY GIVEN STAGE OF THE TURN. That's what I think I'm seeing in most the LeMaster images, as opposed to any sort of leading with the inside hip.
I also particularly like your thought about the outside hand beating the outside leg through the turn. I was just in a clinic with a PSIA examiner where this whole issue of tip lead was being discussed. He said that for him, "pulling back" the uphill ski caused all sorts of conflicting things to happen in his turn. He prefers to drive the outside ski forward, which will take care of the tip lead problem if it's done properly.
He threw out an image that clicked with me.
He suggested "bowling" through the turn with your outside (downhill) arm. I'll totally butcher the description because it's much easier demonstrated than described, but here goes. At the top of a new turn (let's say I'm starting a left turn), my outside arm - right arm in this example - is actually going to be uphill of the rest of my body. Matt suggested thinking in terms of mimicing the motion of bowling with the right arm through the turn. That arm is moving down toward the outside of my right ankle as I'm reaching the outside of the turn. As I'm coming through the bottom of the turn and experiencing the greatest centrifugal force, the hand has just passed my right boot. Finally, just as I'm releasing the edges to transition into the new turn, I'm releasing the "ball" at about a 45-degree angle in front of my right knee.
Doing this exercise sort of naturally results in a bit of angulation, a bit of counter, a bit of squaring the shoulders with the slope, and it leaves the inside hip closer to where it should be.
Scalce, if that makes any sense at all to you, give it a try. With some practice, it can be quite a bit of fun and you might really start to feel a "pop" on your skis as you release the bowling ball.