Originally Posted by Highway Star
I'm going to permanently adapt it as one
of my turn transistion techniques, I'm sure it will come in handy if I want to scrub speed out of a turn and be upright.
I don't get you about "balancing" on my outside ski. This isn't a circus act, this is skiing. I'm balanced on the outside ski (carving, on edge) until I hit about a 35-40 edge angle, then I set my inside foot down gently, without loading it.
I don't want to have 100% of my weight on my outside ski, and never said I did....all weight entirely commited to one ski is a weak, unstable position.
Keeping 10-20% of my weight on the inside makes me much more stable, and able to compensate for hitting choppy snow.
I'm also not following you on the neutral period in the transition. I reach a pretty neutral position.....just not for very long. I see no reason to lengthen a transition unless terrain and line choice dictate it. It's alot harder and more useful to be able to do an extremely quick transition, and then modereate back from there. See? I'm pretty neutral here (and going over a bump), though it does appear that I have my outside ski too forward, as discussed....though I wouldn't consider it dramatic:http://www.biglines.com/photosv2/200...ines_66437.jpg
Starting with the transition - I'm not sure you really understand this 100%. If you do it correctly, it's not going to be something to scrub speed with. Since the desired outcome is being centered on a flat ski, you should glide and hold pretty much all your speed. Decreasing/maintaining/increasing your speed isn't really the goal of a smoother transition in this case, it's to get you balanced and set up for the next turn.
If you do it right, it should happen just as fast as you move now, but there will be a brief period where your skis are flat on the snow, and your body is centered and balanced in all planes, before you start moving into the next turn. Lengthening the transition and doing the movements a little slower is just a way to start getting the feeling, then when you can do it like that, you speed up the movements so it happens as quick as possible.
In that picture, you're definitely not centered on the ski. You're back (although it's slight, even just a little can have a big effect), mostly due to the lack of ankle movement that I and others have talked about previously. A simple forward flex at the ankle would bring yoru whole body forward so that your shoulders, knees and toes are lined up perpendicular to the ski. I'm also seeing a very slight rotation of the shoulders and hips. Both of these things carry into the next turn, so in addition to working on the turn at hand, you end up having to deal with leftover issues from the first turn. That's why a good transition is so important - you can start each turn fresh from a balanced and neutral position.
Finally, you definitely don't have only 10-20% of your weight on that inside ski. I know you may think that, but it simply isn't true. I've been over how I can tell, and the fact is that the likely ratio is pretty much the opposite of what you seem to think - I'd guess that up to 70-80% of your weight is on that inside ski.
What I mean about balancing on your outside ski is that if you took away the support of the inside ski, could you continue to ski on your outside ski or not. In the pic I posted earlier of the start of your turn where you only have the outside ski touching the snow, it's pretty clear that if you continued on without putting your inside ski down, you'd be falling on your hip. Likewise in this picture from later in your turn: http://www.biglines.com/photosv2/2006/10/120x120/biglines_66464.jpg
If you took away the inside ski there, you'd be down and out very fast.
I'm not suggesting that you should have 100% of your weight on the outside ski, for that run on SuperStar, somewhere from 80-90% would be appropriate as you suggest, but I'm telling you that you don't have anywhere close to that much in the video, despite what you might think.
This is something that the transition can help as well, since if you go into the turn with a neutral weighting of the skis and balanced body position, you may not be forced to throw your weight to the inside as much or as quickly.