Originally Posted by KAZOOSKI
ICSFM: If Rusty puts all his weight on the uphill ski, whether he turns or not will depend on how the ski is tipped. If it's on the uphill edge he will turn uphill. If he flattens the ski just a little he can traverse in a straight line. Steering can play a role here also. Releasing uphill edge grip, or tipping all the way to the downhill edge he will turn downhill. Weight shift isn't the cause of the turn because all the weight is always on the ski. It seems to me that this takes weight out of the equation. From his post I envisioned that he would ski straight down the fall line. Maybe my image is wrong.
what i'm trying to demonstrate is that all my weight on one ski doesn't create a turn and yes it's done straight down the fall line.
in answer to your earlier question, i guess i wouldn't do any linked one footed carved turns for fear someone would conclude the fully weighted ski was the basis for the turn as opposed to tipping the ski on edge.
last year i heard jen metz, director of training/psia examiner at winter park, say something that i find particularly salient on this topic. she said, "weight is a unit of measurement". we went on to have a long discussion about forces building on the outside ski as a result of a turn. what we feel on our outside leg in a ski turn, is our bodies desire to go in a straight line, while our skis are making a circular motion.
as an aside i have often struggled to define centrifugal forces and centripetal forces in skiing. don't know where i heard this and wish i could attribute it to the correct person because it's so good. in any case someone once said centrifugal force is the skier pushing on the snow and centripetal force is the snow pushing on the skier.