Originally Posted by dchan
The exercise we did some of was to "try" to ski with our outside knee locked (straight) as we enter each turn.
DC, I'm finding some conflict in some of your interpretations of what your examiner was telling you. An arc to arc turn is entered immediately following edge angle neutral. This fact, coupled with your statement above, indicates your examiner was looking for you to have your new outside leg fully extended at the point of neutral. If that's the case, how do you accomplish that without the CM going up and over
as you went on to say in the quote below.
|1. at this point extending our outside leg almost to the point of the knee being locked straight. The extension should not push the ski away from us but rather project our CM across (not up and over), forward and down the hill?
The old inside leg can't be fully extended by the time of neutral if the CM is to only move laterally (across). Make sense?
If I were going to do attempt this task, as I think I understand it, I would make my first move an inside leg extension (ILE), and I'd simultaneously accompany the start of ILE with a slight uphill relocation of my CM. The uphill CM move would serve to slow down the rate at which the external force driven CM cross over (that's initiated by the ILE) occurs.
By slowing the speed at which my CM crosses over, I'd have more time to complete a full extension of my old inside leg by the time I reached neutral. With more time at my disposal from release to neutral, my rate of ILE could be slower, which would avoid pressure (ski to snow) disengagement upon the completion of my extension. It would provide for a very subtle, yet deliberate and connected execution example of that first half of the drill.
Also, by slowing down my CM cross over, I'd also slow down the progression rate at which my skis tip up onto edge for the new turn. This would allow the the relationship between my progressive edge angle application and the resultant new turn forces to be managed very precisely.
Also, as an additional tool for micro managing that turn force/edge angle relationship, and the speed at which I rolled onto edge for the new turn, I'd also manage the manner in which I relax my new inside leg as I leave neutral. To speed up the rate at which I was adding edge angle, I'd relax the new inside leg more aggressively. To slow it down, I'd relax the new inside leg more subtly.