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racing - tightening a line in sl/gs

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Thread Starter 
Hey y'all,

the past few years I've become a much faster racer, and I think I'm missing one skill which will be crucial for me to get faster still... I have a definite need for a turn I can use to tighten/recover my line - Generally I can arc'em cleanly through most GS/SL courses, but if I find myself to be late or there's a particularly tight course set, sometimes a pure carve just doesn't cut it (pun intended).

I'm looking to learn to slide into turns, not as a technique for every gate, but rather to be used in certain situations. How do I practice the sort of fast-flying edge set that high level racers use; they seem to slide into a turn and set their edges into a clean carve in the fall-line. If I break my skis loose, I can't just set them trivially - what can I do to practice this (necessary) skill? Are there any drills that you know of to work on this?

Thanks for the advice!
post #2 of 5
This thread is a good place to start:
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Ah, excellent! a lot of good advice in that thread, thanks for the link...

A mechanics question: What is the actual motion used to engage the edges, and is the time that the edges engage set from the beginning of the slide? ie. does the slide initiation involve unweighting which invariable results in downweighting shortly thereafter, or do you just increase edge angle to set the edge?
post #4 of 5

There has to be some un-weighting prior to the pivot or the redirecting of the skis will dump speed, be difficult to execute, and require a higher approach line (defeating the whole purpose). Usage of rebound at the end of the turn is all that's needed to create the needed lightening of the skis (no active joint extensions are required). It should not, however, be allowed to create a total disconnect from the snow, as this will lengthen the feathering time.

Typically, the duration of the feathering phase of the move should be minimized as much as possible. However, on occasion racers will stretch out the feather in order to dump some speed if that needs to be done.

Re-engagement after the pivot is a matter of skillfully applying edge angle, while managing pressure so to avoid abrupt jamming. It's a very difficult thing to do well, and requires a high level edging skills and athleticism. It's one of the major elements that separate racers into the greats and the also-rans.

Keep in mind, the greater the amount of pivot, the more difficult the feather will be to execute skillfully. With the use of minor pivots, the feather can be so smooth that the casual observer of WC racing may not even realize a pivot was used.

JustAnotherSkiPro explained a pivot and slide drill a while back that works great as an introduction to this move. I'll give him a chance to drop in and tell you about it. If he doesn't show up and you still want to hear about it, ask and I'll describe it.
post #5 of 5
try this drill:
as you ski across the fall line engage the edge by rolling your ankles into the hill and bending your knees, do this on and off as you traverse it will help with pressuring. For sliding turns the best thing to do is do a run where all u do is slide the skis through the arc; using no edge. Then do a run where you slide the ski into phase one and then start pressuring the ski in phase two finally slam them onto the edge to finish the turn. You need some videos to show you what i mean, perhaps you could invest in a training vid check out www.snowpro.com
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