Originally Posted by ssh
Deb Armstrong's article for The Professional Skier is finally in the hands of PSIA members. This takes the lateral direction focus and redirects it. For those who have read it, what strikes you in it?
In '99, S. Mathers (PSIA D-Team) wrote an article exploring the evolution of the short turn. In discussing what he described as reaching short turns
, "the path of the CM is not tied to gravity so much as it is to the deflection and direction of the skis carving through the snow", with "the center of mass flowing in curves: forward, across the hill, and down the hill" as a required technical element.
Mathers skied it with a lovely combination of strength and elegance. Much more pleasing to the eye than Deb's article accompanying photo.
Body shaping is a great focus. It provides a wonderful sense of rhythm and smooth connection with the feet and skis. It's a great way to eliminate the park and ride, and begin feeling constant movement into, through, and out of each turn, turn to turn, without dead spots and dissonance.