Originally Posted by tdk6
Unweighting your skis in America does not differ from unweighing them in Japan or in Europe. Same gravity. Your problem is far from unique. Most problems skiers experiance in America are the same problems skiers experiance in other parts of the world.
Why is your timing off in the bumps? My take on this is that when you ski you initiate your turns by up-unweighting and that means that you stand tall at the transition and then you flex through the turn. This way of extending and flexing cannot work in bumps because you need to flex and extend according to terrain and bumps. So what you need to do is to find a way of turning that does not include the need for standing tall at transition and flexing through out the turn. The beauty of bumps is that you can and you should use the bumps to do the unweighting job for you and pick a line through the mogul field that supports your intentions. Remember that you should adapt your turns to the bumps and dont even try to turn in the wrong place just to keep up a certain rhythm.
I agree here with you TDK6!
Unweighting skis anywhere in the world does not vary however, our terminology and understanding of what is happening does vary. This is what has caused some confusion and disagreement here at Epic.
We (here in the US) differentiate between "active" and "passive" unweighting.
Active unweighting includes our internal efforts to up-unweight or down-unweight. This is easily demonstrated standing on a bathroom scale. When you stand in a flexed position on the scale then extend abruptly the weight will momentarily increase followed by a period of unweighting. We label this "up unweighting". Conversely, if you stand in a tall position on the scale and flex abruptly you will see a momentary decrease in weight (we label this down unweighting) followed by a momentary increase in weight. Both of these movements are active efforts on the skier's part to affect a weight change under the feet.
Passive unweighting occurs from terrain variations that lighten the skis (terrain unweighting) or as a result of the energy stored in a decambered ski that is released (Rebound unweighting).
This is where I see our interpretations vary. Some Countries may generalize and group any up movements (passive or active) as "UP unweighting, where we tend to discern how this up movement was generated. (ie: Cannonball's short turns in the "exquisite short turn" thread.
We are seeing the same thing but using two different understandings of what we see to describe it.