Originally Posted by Atomicman
And lastly, skidding is fine. there is defiently a place for it. The problem is most people skid in the wrong part of the turn.
If you skid the end of your turn most skiers just throw em sideways to try to control their speed. this is not an effective, smooth, or gracefull way to control your speed and puts the hill in charge of you not you in charge of the hill in other words it is defensive skiing.
On the other hand what if you intentionally skidded the top of the turn and carved the bottom. you would have actively and intentioaly scrubbed off speed to allow you to carve very controlled acroos the hill and the end of your turn. it would be an offensive move not a defensive move.
It takes some practiwce and is called redirection! racers use it all the time. in fact I will post a photo of it.
i have working on this skill a lot and it is avery handy tool to have in your bag of tricks
At the top of the turn basically you relax & slightly flatten your skis and drift sideways like a sideslip, but across the hill wth your skis partially facing down the hill , when you reach the fall line or the point that you want your drift to come to an end you simply roll both your edges back into the hill and come across on a nice clean carve since you have scrubbed off your excess speed this is much easier to do.
It is particulrly effective where the pitch is too steep to carve every turn entirely because you can't (due to strength or technique limitations) or you would get going to fast and get out of controll at some point if you carved each turn.
Hopefully this helps some and is a useful tool you can ask someone about or put it to work yourself from the photo & expalnation
Here is Bode employing the technique. http://www.ronlemaster.com/images/20...e-pc-gs-1.html
there was a GS earlier this year that he won nly because he skidded the top of every other turn intentionally. His competitiors tried to carve every turn and ending up scrubbing speed below the gate and getting too low on the line or just going too fast to make the next gate and DNF'd.
Good luck and go tear it up!
Great!!! Are you purposely trying to mess me up. I spent a lot of years working on starting the turn early, showing my bases up the hill and all that. Its gotten so I do it naturally now, without thinking about it.Now your telling me to skid at the start of the turn!!!!!!
It's like moguls, I spent years learning to absorb the bump and keep my skis on the snow, then I start learning airs, and they tell me to extend at the top of the bump, it was totally impossible to unlearn those years of absorbing.
Atomicman, mention this again next November, sounds like something interesting to play with.
Back to the thread, one of the best skiers on my mountain is about 6'3" and 280lbs., built like an NFL linebacker and has no trouble looking smooth. I've always had a problem with PSIA and racer types on the internet, always looking for that perfect carved turn and not shedding speed while doing it. All mountain skiers WANT to shed speed, and they do it by finishing their turn or partially skidding their turn.
Matt, as previously mentioned, it sounds like you're falling behind your skis and they're running away from you, or you're turning your upper body and not ready for the next turn, lessons will help.