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When you search for the simple answer you are most likely to find and answer. Being an inventor, this is bible stuff and I think I have found a reasonable answer. The answer also points the way for improvement.

This PSIA clinic that I took this weekend the participants were all high level instructors and skiers. The real subject was fine movement analysis. I broached this core subject and asked for feedback.

The first day I spent fooling with getting the canting right under my feet. I started out with 2 1/2 degrees left and 1 1/2 degrees right and ended up with 3 1/2 degrees left and 2 1/2 degrees right. At that cant level the A framing and compensations all but disappeared so some of the foot stuff was alignment.

At the end of the clinic I specifically asked for feedback from our clinician leader. His take on my skiing and concept was this. "Pierre, your fundamentals are solid. If I were to pick on anything about your technique I would be nitpicking. As far as skiing from the core goes, I can see a definite change in your skiing from when you say that you are not, to when you say that you are. When you are not, your skiing is very smooth and flowing. When you say that you are, what appears to happen is that you suddenly slam the gas pedal trough the floor and go into overdrive. Within a few turns you are at far bigger angles and far higher loads than you could normally extract from the slope you are on. In essence, you try to work the turns a lot more than gravity alone will get you. When you free ski, you ski that way even in crud so I suspect that you will ski that way even on steeps in Colorado. Quite frankly I would not sacrifice efficiency for angles and forces. I think you would be much further ahead to back off the gas pedal and work on really perfecting turns from the kinetic chain up. I somehow don't suspect you will take my advice as it seems you are having a blast with what you are doing but keep in mind your students are not going to benefit from what you are doing and it's carrying over a bit into your demos. "

The simple answer is, the last vestiges of things that inhibit the flow of the center of mass disappeared from my skiing and I suddenly found the gas pedal. With the high loads and forces alignment problems became more noticable. In short, I went from PSIA to USSA.

Am I going to quit? Hell no, talk about addictive, I have gone way too far into the addiction. With no U turn in sight, what does this point too? I had a long drive home to think about what the clinician said to me. What I am craving for is the sling shot effect throughout the turns and one turn builds onto the next. This effort seems to be all core directed similar to pumping a swing set. The swing is primarily pumped from the core with coordination from the feet and legs. The result is the swing building higher and higher. Any lack of movement patterns will quickly degrade the swinging motion hense the center of mass must be allowed to flow unihibited at all times. What I have been doing is driving this motion hard. When you drive a swing set hard you get glitches in the swing that don't effect the center of mass flow but interrupt the smoothness of the swing. I think this points to backing off the gas pedal slightly to find the optimum amount of core/foot/legs blend that produces a smooth sling shot action and leads to a more powerful feel. I think that is the beauty of searching for the simple answer as finding out what is going on, points the way to improvement. Now I have some direction.

I think top level recreational skiers would be happier finding this smooth blend and build the sling shot effect smoothly where racers go ahead and push well beyond and sacrifice their smoothness and grace for speed and line. I can live with that.

I hope this explanation makes more sense. I will keep you posted as I play with this some more and more and more and more