Originally Posted by therusty
It's funny that the visuals of good skiing in my memory have the elbows slightly lower to the ground and closer to the torso than in the first turns in your clip. I went to Ron LeMaster's site and checked a few of the racer pics...
Originally Posted by mdf
If you think about a tightrope walker or a gymnast on a balance beam, they put their arms out to the side ot maximize the effect of small hand motions on balance. I always figured racres did that too because they were on the hairy edge and needed the extra balance control. I'm not used to seeing "normal" skiing done with the elbows that far out to the side...
[Disclaimer: I have no MA qualifications whatsoever, and have accordingly kept my mouth shut and eyes open, on technique threads! Please accept this as a purely generic, admittedly naive question... and not as commentary on nolo's skiing.]
Following on the above quotes, my thoughts went in both directions. When I look at Rusty's link to Bode (below), I see ARMS OUT WIDE (for "tightrope walker balance" in the upper part of turn, per MDF), but also ELBOWS TOGETHER, CLOSE TO TORSO, HANDS FORWARD (for squeezing past the gate in lowest frame).
So following on that, my naive questions: What should we mortals really be looking to learn from racers when it comes to this aspect?? It would seem that racers are presented with challenges (hairy speed, gates...) that demand arm/elbow/hand positions at both extremes (wide apart, really close together...), challenges not typically encountered in non-racing situations. Presumably "normal" for the recreational skier falls somewhere comfortably in between, when we're in a controlled, balanced stance on blue corduroy?
Image used with permission from Ron LeMaster www.ronlemaster.com