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Originally Posted by SoftSnowGuy View Post
Look at the bend in your knees vs. your position in the turn. You have your knees the straightest at the top of the turn when there is the least load on them, and you have them bent the most at the bottom of the turn when there is the most load of gravity plus momentum. You're also loading your quads the most at the bottom of the turn.

If your knees feel OK, and your quads are good for the full day and full ski vacation, fine. If you are getting some arthritis or other knee pain, or your quads get tired and shorten your trip, consider changing your style, using the retraction turns Bob mentioned.

Consider flexing the most when your knees have the least load on them, and skiing on a near-straight downhill leg at the times of greatest load. Something like This , or This.
I dont agree with this quote completely. Yes, a more straight leg will be able to carrie the load better but in skiing it isnt really the case in all situations. If you look at Anja at 1:26.7 you can see how flexed that outside leg acutally is. And she is carrying more weight on it than we will ever do. The reason for this is that she is hanging on the front of her boots and with that boot support she is able to carry a big load even if she is flexing some. A flexed position like that is actually very strong. Also, there are other things to consider, like maintaining the snow contact even if leg sometimes is pushed out from underneath us. There a little extension comes in handy. On the other hand, what ssh could do is flex through the transition but ILE is totally acceptable at that kind of skiing. Great skiing ssh.
post #32 of 32
I'd like to throw some stuff into the mix here.

The first thing that I'd like to point out is that your skiing, Steve, has improved by leaps and bounds since I saw it last. You're starting to look more powerful and less cluttered than ever before. The movements are more simple and directed, and there seems to be more of a visceral understanding of what the skis can do for you. You've passed that point where you were "wrestling" with the skis and you're starting to use them. In this path, you will soon become a very powerful skier.

Here are some places to go.

1. Pole plant: I think your plant is timed very well in the first couple of turns, yet as you progress to speed, I think the swing is late, but the touch is too early. And yeah, the left one has a bit too much character still. So swing earlier with the wrist, and touch the pole as you come across so it doesn't jerk in the snow.

2. I think, in the faster turns, there is too much retraction. You give up a lot of useful energy there, and that retraction puts you in the back seat. In the slower turns you don't do that. You move "with" the skis as they accelerate. Keep moving your hips forward with the skis as you change edges, so you can manage the pressure (taking off only a little through the transition, and get ready to build pressure progressively into the forebody as you shape the top of the next turn.

3. Take more risk on your edges. Create a steeper platform with them as you dive into the turn. Trust the sides of the boots. Relinquish the need to have the soles of the feet in so much contact with the snow. Here are some "how to" thoughts on that.
--Widen the stance for this performance level
--Deepen the differentiation in flexing. (More flexing of the inside leg and less of the outside leg.
--No need to angulate so much at the waist.
--Keep moving forward in such a way that the hip/ball joint connection only flexes a tiny bit. The more you break at the hip, the less you control your pressure and angle.
--Keep moving forward in the middle of the turn, because the skis will squirt and you will lose them.

Nice job, Steve. It's really slick to watch someone change that dramatically in a season.

I'm proud of ya!
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