Originally Posted by Rick
To truly move into a fore balance position, and in the process drop the tip to the snow, the same muscular application used when the ski is left on the snow must occur.
In the teaching system, I suggest that the muscular application is the goal, yet for the new skier, the application would be foreign. Let's look at an example. Suppose you lift and tip the left foot, so that general sense is that the plane of the sole tipped to say 10 O'clock, with 12 being forwards.....
Now, if the foot bone is connected to the knee bone, and the knee bone is connected to the hip bone, the skier can allow the body to move forwards, and into a location in which the CM can remain in balance directly above the plane of the edging outside ski.
Without the lift and tip providing guidance, the chances of a new skier finding the right location inside the turn is dependent on their innate balance skills. Which could be much reduced given sliding on snow.
I know this sounds like I'm on koolaid, but it does sound like using the lift and tip instruction can provide real biomechanical cues that can get the body to move in the right direction inside the turn.
I would assume that the lifting and tipping get replaced with the the muscular application that you speak of once the skier is more familiar with the relationship between their CM and their feet.... however, the trigger remains in the feet.
This is very consistent with the CSIA notion of creating a "platform" and balancing upon it.