Mr Wedge Hammer
Originally Posted by Ghost
I think this snowplow=nogo is more in one's head than in practice. I tought myself to ski from an ancient book. It had a "snowplow". The idea was that if you layed the left ski hard over on it's edge the ski would follow that edge, if the edge was pointing to the right you would go right. If you had the right ski also at an angle and hard over it would try to go left. Putting more weight on the left one made it win out. It was all about using the edge to make the ski go where you wanted to go. It had nothing to do with stopping, even though you could "trick" the skis into stopping by weighting them equally in a snow plow. There was no gliding wedge in this ancient book. Skis did not want to go sideways! There was a snowplow to get the idea that the edges directed the skier; there was a stem-Christie, as a BRIEF stepping stone to parallel skiing; there was parallel skiing, and there was a "comma" shape (instead of angulation). I think my skiing is pretty aggressive and does not suffer from any no-go-thereness.
Great post Ghost
I too have these ancient books, one Austrian from the early 50s and there the snowplow is thaught as a basic form of turning. The ammount of edge applied to the skis should be depending on how steep it is and at what speed you want to trawel. Doesent sound ancient to me. Sounds just about dead on 2006.
Ghost explanation is very good. If skis are forming a wedge and you want to go left you simply shift your weight over to the right foot ski. The trick here is to start off with eaqual ammount of weight on both skis. If the hill is very flat you dont need a very wide wedge or tilted skis (US gliding wedge) but if its a bit steeper (think Austrian alps) and the snow is harder you need to widen your stance and tilt, edge, your skis more. Remember, you are still going straight down the fall line with eaqual ammount of pressure/weight on both skis. The reason you are not turning is that both skis are eaqually strong, they are eaqualized. If you apply more edge to both skis you will slow down and eventually maybe stop (snowplow "nogo"). Not a bad thing if you really think about it. Kind of puts you on top of it, puts you in charge of your spaceship. If you flatten out the edge angles you will start moving again. Here comes the trick, what Ghost is talking about. Now you need to "shift" your weight to eather side, lets say left. Not 100%, more like 60/40. Now here comes the bonus for all you that have beared with me so far, you need to "keep" both skis eaqually edged and lean from your waist with your upper body to the right side. This is the weight shift. This will not work if you alter ski edges. Hipps should stay put. Ahhh, bullox, a counter move in the opposite direction someone might cry, a thing of the past, Austrian, nogo etc. Well, I see not difference between the US Amreican gliding wedge and the European snowplow other than terms spoken. Picture yourselfe going down a black diamond hill with both skis fasionably wide apart at 60mph and you want to turn. What do you do? Step into a gliding wedge? No! You simply shift your weight over to the outside ski and compensate a bit by angulating same way to prevent banking. When ski is set to an edge it starts carving. In this situation you greatly benefit from the skills you have lernded early on in your skiing cariere on the bunny hill in Lech where they thaught you to shift your weight to the outside ski (continuously from 50/50 to 100/0 and back), dig in that edge and angulate.