Originally Posted by justanotherskipro
Second half of any edge release and re-engagement drill. I focus on the downhill ski a lot simply because most skiers searching for earlier edge mistake a sequential edge change for getting to a new edge earlier. Which certainly gets the new outside ski on edge early. Too early for parallel skiing.
There is a pressure / flexion / extension component involved but since we are talking just about getting to early edge, I'll save that for another thread.
Yeah. What JASP said.
Things that may be useful (or not, depending on the skier(s)) include:
- rolling the old outside/new inside foot
over toward its little toe. What's one of the typical moves you make if you just stepped on a piece of gum? (No, not the move where you pick your foot up, bend the knee and look behind you!
) Feel the foot attempting to tip inside the boot.
- move the old outside/new inside knee down the hill (which causes the foot/ski to tip)
- any method to move the CM down the hill
- pseudo-telemark turns (more successful with people who actually telemark)
- as Steve said, RR turns. Lose the steering! Tip 'em and wait to see what happens.
- exaggerated retraction turns to reduce/eliminate up-and-over and increase lateral extension down the hill
- for advanced skiers, turns done in both directions on the same foot can help. The foot must
roll over, and the knee and CM must
cross the ski in some way and move down the hill in order to engage the left (and only, for this exercise) edge of the left ski for a left turn.
Although I prefer to work from the feet, it is, of course, necessary for the knees and CM to move down
the hill also. Drills for any of these (feet, knees or CM) may be effective. I'm cautious about using drills which may tempt clients into starting their turns with their shoulders. They may be effective, but they may also have adverse effects.
Many of these moves will feel risky to some (most) clients. As BB says, this is a downhill
sport. Late release and late edge engagement (and various uphill moves) are, to some extent, a physical manifestation of psychological anxiety regarding moving down the hill. We attempt to deal with it by doing such "risky" things on relatively flat slopes, but the ol' brain stem is always there, saying, "Move downhill without a nice solid edge to stand on?!? You must be nuts!"
On the opposite side of the coin, we have Todd Metz's (loud) announcement to his Performance Bumps clinic at Mary Jane last January: "This clinic is about vertical drop!"
Anyone who knows Todd knows this should be taken seriously!
: No anxiety allowed!
The rest of us mere humans must work to overcome our anxiety at some point. We must remember to move everything down the hill (which will allow that early edge engagement, if we want it) even when survival instinct says to dig in our heels. Even though I can do the drills, I'm perfectly capable of A-framing, stemming, sitting back and an assortment of other ugly things when anxiety kicks in.
Onward and downward!