post #31 of 90
12/5/07 at 3:23pm
I'm lost. The fall line is only half way through the turn, how do you change your thinking to transition at that point?
So how about we try to get back to the original post. If we can agree (mostly) on the turn stuff in Essentials, then we can discuss Bode's free skiing and how it matches or differs from the HH stuff.
Having gone back through the Essentials book again more closely, here's what I see it as saying:
1. release old turn by flexing old outside ski and sinking into the new turn (avoid any up-unweighting).
2. seek to achieve rebound and float using timing of the release and of unwinding of upper body.
3. pull old inside foot, or both feet, back under torso to allow weight of torso to shift forward and inside the new turn.
4. at neutral, all body parts match up and point across the hill together; no inside tip lead.
5. initiate turn only with tipping (avoid any rotating of skis) by emphasizing lifting-&-tipping of new inside ski.
6. as new turn begins above fall line, gently extend new outside leg only enough to maintain contact with snow (avoid any pushing on that ski). The inside ski is lightened and tipped; the outside ski is equally tipped; A-framing is avoided.
7. the torso will move diagonally downhill into the inside of new turn, and will be "upside down" on the hill if all the timing is just right.
8. when the skis reach the fall line, most of the weight will have been transfered to the outside ski without the skier pushing on that foot at all.
9. angulate and counter progressively throughout the turn while increasing the tipping of the skis all the way to the end of the turn.
10. arc-to-arc carving (no skidding) should result from all of this, because the skier has eliminated up-unweighting, pivoting of skis, and pushing on new outside ski.
11. whoops, forgot poles - keep arms up and forward, moving poles forward with wrist movements and gently tapping them on snow with appropriate timing.
Now about Bode ....
As far as I know, the exercise of fall-line to fall-line turns requires a weight transfer from the outside foot to the inside foot while in the fall-line. When you reach the traverse point (you are crossing the fall-line) you have to change edges while remaining on the stance ski.
Alternatively you can transfer from the inside to the outside foot while in the fall-line. But these are exercise. Nobody would normally ski this way no matter how much fun it might be.
...it is not necessary to change any mechanics in a turn at all in order to think about changing your thought pattern to fall line to fall line! Skiing through the body of the turn is probably the easiest part and is a place we can kinda relax vs. the transition where so many things come together and tend to get us over thinking and becoming static. This is why I use the fall line to fall line kind of thinking anyway??
OK, moderators, this thread is getting deflected onto the topic of fall-line-to-fall-line turns. Please shift this discussion to a new thread.
Then maybe we can get back to Bode/PMTS Essentials. Given the interest in HH's stuff and in Bode, this might be an enlightening topic of discussion as well.
I guess in light of the answers that have been posted in this thread. What answers will you accept? I does not appear that you are willing to accept the answers that have already been given.