Originally Posted by Bud Heishman
Are you refering to hop turns with little or no forward momentum or are you eluding to hop initiations in a medium radius turns to change edges?
Hops in the transition of medium radius turns.
Putting a hop into the transition is often used to force a student to add a virtual pause into their transition (if you're hopping you can't be doing something else
). Like you say, when done correctly it will make the transition much more fluid. Let's say you removed the hop from that scenario but still covered the same distance and made the same progressive movements minus the hop - what are you left with? One possible term for it would be a pause.
Basically, you're left with an exaggerated arc-to-arc transition.
Going back to Ricks post where he broke this down for us - I think that you are closer to being on th same page with what he is talking about than you might think. You and Rick (and I) also have the same level of student in mind for said drills (lower level, not high level). When we are saying "pause" we don't mean to stop moving, stop forward momentum, or to become static in the transition. We mean to have the skier relax and wait before aburptly moving to their new edges. Pause simply means "don't start turning yet, but keep moving forward." If pause is the word that can communicate this to the skier - then I'd say it works and is a vaild solution to the abrupt pivot edge change that we always see low level skiers making.
We can call a pause a temporary stop in action - but you just have to remember to apply it to the action you are trying to stop/delay - and not everything.
FWIW I have seen this particular drill in action with one of Rick's students and it does work (even if you call it "pause") - especially if you give the student a path to follow down the hill (think medium radius C-shaped arc-to-arc turns with an extended enough transition to allow the student to be comfortable enough in the turn to not use a strong pivot entry mechanism). Point being... argue over the results - not the definition of the name of the drill... or what your instructions to the student are in order to get them to perform a certain movement.