Jan 11, 2007
Thanks for being at the ESA Stowe 2007 event (both days) and also at the video analysis session. I also wish to thank you for the comment about "he's not afraid to linger in the fall line". Finally, after too many years of race training, something is happening to my skiing
. However the video was taken on a gentle pitch, so ....
I'd like to ask you a question about skiing on "ice/hard snow". While at Stowe, there was a stretch roughly 100 ft long, which was icy. I think that it was just prior to getting to the part where the moguls formed in the afternoon. Initially slipping, almost falling once and going down hard once when skiing this stretch, I finally anticipated this stretch, and instead of "jamming the edges" when I felt slippeage I sort of let my lower legs "relax" and tried to "guide" the skis gently with my feet and legs in the direction in which I wanted them to turn or travel.
Is this a good/acceptable/correct way to handle ice? I've heard people say "ski with the big toe" or "really be aggressive and commit fully to the fall line and angulate so that you put as much pressure on the downhill edge as possible". Since one can't always be prepared/forwarned/anticipate when an icy patch will show up (like I was finally able to do at Stowe), what are your thoughts on how a skiier should handle these "random ice patches"?
I ask you this, because I remember once reading a short article in Ski Magazine (1980s), about how to ski ice. The author said that one should ski like one was carrying a bowling ball in one's stomach and should gently lift the ball and direct it in the direction of travel.