Jan 10, 2007
Hi, been about a month since ESA Stowe 2006. Well, what can I say, we Eastern stiffs can only drool about the snow you guys are enjoying in Colorado.
I have several questions I'd like to ask of you (which I've asked when we were at Stowe but still not clear on):
(1) the back peddaling move for skiing moguls. I remeber that you kept telling us to use "offensive" moves in skiing. How is the "back peddaling" an "offensive" move? Since I want to go down the hill, why shouldn't a person not be "forward peddaling" (I think that Seth mentioned this move for newbie bump skiers in the thread about bump skiing)? Especially for my skiing, you observed that my skis tips were prone to be pointing up, wouldn't the back pedal exaggerate this pointing up? Or is it all in the timing?
(2) Looking carefully at the pictures in Weems book, the LeMaster sequential turns photos, you can always see, or induce a moment in the turn where the racer is on "flat skis" and therefore not on edge. Is this the "neutral" position which you talked about at Stowe? Also, how do good skiers leave perfect parallel railroad tracks in the snow, if between each turn the skis are momentarily flat? Or is my observation incorrect (about skis being flat).
(3) Finally, you mentioned that in bump skiing one should use the cross-under move. When and why would one use this move in regular skiing? For really "quick" emergency turns? Also, please describe the execution of this move again.