Originally Posted by BigE
Newsflash: Slalom turns are not "short turns". They are bigger.
This thread is about short turns.
Yea, totally agree with you BigE.
I'm afraid to ask this question because I'm pretty sure I'm going to hear a lot of answers I don't agree with, but for the sake of open discussion, let's try it anyway. Here are a few questions for discussion actually:
What is the purpose of extremely tight short radius turns like these, particularly on groomers?
If your answer is "to practice for bumps and powder", then I want to ask you where you think the timing of your extension and flexion should be in those conditions?
"Windshield wiper" and "tail swisher" are colorful terms that probably made poor Cannonball cringe. "Short Swing" is a more friendly way of saying the same thing. Question is, when are "swing" turns appropriate on modern skis? What situations?
Do you all believe carving is possible at this turn radius with modern skis? If not, what are some ways to make up for it other than big tail swishes, erhm, pardon me, "short swings"?
Can anyone identify for me the difference between old school and new school short swings? Yes, there might be a difference.
Someone mentioned that even ligety had some turns in that slowmo video where he did not carve but had to pivot his skis to make the gate. It happens in racing all the time. That being said, what are other differences between his pivoting and the short swing turn demo'd here by Cannonball?
Perhaps Cannonball can enlighten us also about the CSIA intent of these turns?
I'd also like to hear his comments about the word "Impulse" which he used in his earlier post.