Originally Posted by Bob Barnes
3) Consciously pushing or shuffling one foot ahead or pulling one back. Unless compensating for an error (which does not necessary correct the error!), this is almost always a mistake
Would you consider a modification to this one?
I frequently teach students with Fore/Aft balance issues to ‘drive the New Outside-Foot down & back’ or to ‘Lift & Slide the New Inside-Foot forward’ via pelvic reorientation
*very* early in the New Turn or even during transition (creating a form of early Hip Lead). Of course, I ask for a mild rather than extreme movement and also that it be somewhat progressive.
Specifically, I ask this of them for several interrelated reasons:
First, because it helps the skier quickly adjust their Fore/Aft balance situation. As they come out of the turn they may have retained a too much Tip Lead thru the finish. Stepping onto (or permitting a centrifugal weight transfer onto) that Old Inside Foot while it remains too far forward drops them immediately into the back seat. Asking for the New Outside-Foot to be drawn back or the New Inside-Foot to be slid forward properly corrects their balance situation on the fly.
Second, either directive creates some initial pelvic-counter placing the skier in an ideal position to more readily tip their skis. By slightly rotating our pelvis in this manner we beneficially change our edge-angles immediately and cause our Outside-Foot to pronate while the Inside-Foot supinates a bit.
Third, I ask that it be done while continuing to keep their upper body ‘over’ their skis. This allows the skier’s CM to more gradually migrate toward the inside of the new turn while their hips migrate there more quickly - producing immediate angulation at turn entry.
This allows the skis to engage properly and to ‘pull’ the skier into the turn rather than the skier diving across their skis with the upper-body followed
by their hips, hoping the skis will come around. (yes, I’m ignoring all the ‘ankle discussion’ for simplicity)
Fourth, the idea of 'progressively lifting' the New Inside Hip (or pushing downward on the Outside Hip) assists the crossover acceleration
that becomes necessary if we have not implemented a 'dive-over' move. In a way, it's kind of like an ILE move using the pelvis rather than the leg.
So in my view as long as the skier ‘induces’ an early (slight) tip-lead via hip involvement - I’m happy with it!
After last Friday I’m a believer that this ‘pelvic reorientation’ idea also helps beginners. I spent part of a day with a 70 Yr old fellow who (nearly) qualified as a never-ever. After three times skiing several years ago (and after three lessons, though I’ve no idea where) he could only do a straight snowplow.
I focused on teaching him the ‘pelvic thing’ described above and a couple hours later he was skiing a marvelous Gliding Wedge with Spontaneous Christies on mild Blue terrain. And with nicely rounded-out turns I might add.
I'd also add that the description ‘Driving the Outside-Foot forward' (even right thru transition) fits well as a concept in the realm of Waist Steering.
So… whadaya think? Could #3 either be banished - or perhaps better qualified in some way? Granted, I’m talking about moving a foot forward or aft due to an intentional pelvic event
but I tend to describe it as 'pulling/pushing a foot' using
my pelvis rather than just the foot itself to create a bit of (perhaps incidental) early tip lead.