So what does over pressuring the tips or tails do to our balance point folks? Is this really the the ideal BPST? When I see HH ski, or any good skier, I see them effectively balanced over the middle of the ski. In my mind we ideally add pressure to a ski by pressuring the whole ski from the middle. If we are just pressuring the tails or the tips, we are doing this by directing our Com force line, and our balance to the respective areas of the ski. If the pivot point is ahead of the feet then how could it be otherwise?
BTS, as far a pivot slips go, there are many ways to do them, but I would only ask those who might be interested in trying out some consider these points and try them this way.
Upper body faces direction of travel. In other words there is a lot of counter, and continuous winding up and unwinding between the upper body and lower body, with the upper body stability anchoring the lower body rotation and leg steering.
The skis are directed back and forth across the hill isolating the steering to the feet and legs. there is no directional component to them other than down the hill with gravity.
The isolated rotary developed in these is a good exercise as is the nessasary seperation of the upper and lower body.
Taking this further you can start to blend in some progressive edging from the fall line to the point that the skis are far enough across the hill and then intensify the edge set to find your own very historical short swing turn.
These short swing turns don't have to be harsh, they should done wiht some good flow and harmony to the movements.
Then try this exercise. find a nice consistent pitch and pull out your best short turn. Ski it enough to get the rhythm and movements smooth and flowing and then work it into a short turn on one side and a short swing turn on the other. Try to find rhythm and flow throughout and between theses two types of turns. Pay close attention to how the changes in movements feel inside your body, the adjustments you are making, and how this equates to how your skis are moving and working on the snow, the outcome.
This is not an exercise to determine what is right or wrong, but to develope understanding and feel for the connection between how we are moving versus how the skis are working. Also pay attention to the energy level of the movements too, and how our intensisty effects this. You can also draw internal distinctions between how the movements are timed and their rate, versus how this effects the ski/snow interaction.
Another thing to pay close attention to is does the balance point change, and if it does, does it really need to. Switch it up and change sides, and then maybe take it arc to arc. Keeping in mind how the movement priority has changed and the duration, intensity, rate and timing changes. This won't ruin you, it is just an excursion from everyday execution,,,,but it might help develope, better internal awareness of what it is you are actually doing to make the skis work.
Skiing ain't precious and it isn't worth getting our blood in a boil over. What I have discovered through my tai chi practice is that there is no end to the refinements that a person can make in their body movements and no end to the fine motor control they achieve in all planes of movement. For those that doubt the ability to execute fine control over active rotary movements I would suggest a year of tai chi practice under a good teacher. This is the foundation of tai chi and underlies it's effectiveness.
It is the absolutes that I have a hard time digesting. I guess I need to work on that.