extreme carvingThis is a great vid. First and formost, to me it looks like she is having fun, and thats what it's all about no mater what your flavor be it pow, gates, or roy. Looks like a blast to do and I do not feel that she is trying to compare herself, or achieve anything close to a racing technique. I have been playing around with extreme carving on both ski's and snowboard for a few years. my goal has been to get my inside hip to contact the snow. I come from a PSIA back ground (II). I have been trying to reach the exreme carve on the ski's and still maintain some level of techniqe. I am not throwing myself as low as she dose in the vid but I have played with a much lower stance, including, at and through the transition. ie crossthrough. While trying to get much stronger turn completion phase of my turns. Which seemed like the thing that PSIA stressed at most levels.
I am interested in your thoughts as I would try to share some of my experiences.
With the advent of the shorter shaper skis, I have cut my poles down more akin to a mogal length, as I feel many people are still skiing with the same length poles as before, and it requires either an awkward pole swing or a rise in the transition, which unweights the skis and releases the edge. Even at a world cup level it seems that the skier that maintains a more evenly weighted ski through all phases of the turn seems to be the fastest barring any other tech flaws. The shorter pole has allowed me to keep the timming mechanism adn achieve a more direct path for my hips to the next turn.
Lately I have been playing with trying to blend and initiate an earlier downhill ski retraction and stronger tipping of the inside ski edging move from the ankle/knee. By retraction I am trying to keep my feet more even, or drawing my inside ski back more in line, next to the downhill ski. Basically a femoral rotation to initiate but I have needed to re-enforce it through out the turn to maintain the edge pressure. The blending and timming of the release is tricky as I do not want to allow my sholders to over rotate up into the hill. But i still want an extreme finish phase fo my turns which is where i bring in some of the mogal skiing seperation of the upper and lower body.
Trying to maintain a more even presure on both ski's through out all phases of the turn rather than letting it build from, and after the fall line. Although it seems to me that some build up is inevitable durring this phase. At least I have not been able to controll it. At the same time, trying to transition from one extreem degree of angulation at the compleetion of a turn, with hips into the hill. To an extreme degree of angulation down the hill and into the new turn at the initiation phase. The crossthrough move and edge change happens instantly and the change from the uphill edges to the downhill edges virtually overlap when done correctly. The lower stance and the crossing through puts my hips in an agressive position quicker, and allows me to get inside the turn at the top of the turn. Allowing me to get very close and at times touching the snow with my inside hip at or near the fall line. i consider these to be aggressive skiing movments and balance is key.
If you are looking for a great rush and have the equipement for it. Try some of this out. But I recomend the hip touch as the goal rather than the hand. If you do it right you actually are lifting your hand away from the snow, which helps to level your shoulders and allows for better angulation and allows you to get your hips lower.
I have seen the ACL vids and rarly feel as though I am in a risky position for injury and I have been skiing for 26++ years, with out injury. (knocking wood) There are a few moments in the vid where the gal seems to be on her tails a bit, but in the one instance near the end she bails out which I belive was one of the recomendaions for when you find yourself with your hips at or below and behind your knees, to try to avoid the ACL injury??