Originally Posted by Cirquerider
Steve, your post leaves off where that turn gets interesting. Feel free to edit in my post or use these pics to continue what you see. That downhill ski is not entirely going along for the ride. It suddenly bites in and allows him to recover and stack pressure on the downhill ski as the turn swings through bringing the full force of the turn. The pressure bends the ski so hard it rebounds. Its an amazing display of strength as he sweeps through the belly of this turn with considerable pressure on the uphill ski and leg. The turn does end with his weight almost entirely on the downhill ski, but leaving him pretty far back and inclined for transition. Because the downhill ski is loaded at that point he has his centripetal force and a strong platform to assist his strong up move at the turn.
Interesting point, Cirque. I was going to wait to continue this until some of the guys picked this up, but I'll take a swing:
At this point, almost all of the weight wants to come off the outside ski, but the student is a proficient enough skier to feel this. So, to keep pressure on the ski, he begins to angulate at the hips to keep that outside ski on the snow and get some pressure onto it.
Since the outside ski is behind him and getting some pressure, the tip starts to bite, throwing snow to show that the shovel is getting some pressure.
He drives his upper body forward to keep as much pressure as he can on the outside ski. He does this primary with muscle, hip flex, and driving his outside hand and shoulder forward.
Trying to get pressure on that outside ski, more angulation, more drive.
...which continues through to here. Now, the upper body is fully rotated uphill, the uphill hand is behind his hip (proper position for arms is elbows in front of the spine, hands wider than elbows). Feet, knees, hips, and shoulders should be aligned, but they aren't (feet way out front, knees closer together, hips square to the slope, shoulders facing uphill... he's completely wound the wrong way since he had to use all that muscle to drive his downhill foot/ski and he's shot it all the way through). To get started on the next turn, you have to unwind all that just to get to neutral.
As a result of that, I think he's an interesting candidate for apex-to-apex drills. Instead of thinking of the turn as going from transition to transition, drill from apex to apex, flowing smoothly through the edge change. I'd also like to drill him on some stacking exercises like pole pulls, pole drags, and pole arcs. Maybe even those saber drills we've discussed in a separate thread. If he worked on keeping both poles dragging in the snow through the turn, he'd likely get some solid results. He'd likely need an observer telling him whether or not he was doing it, though.
Once again, your comments on my observations, my analysis, and my suggested remedies are most welcome!