Can someone help?
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Can someone help?
|For what it's worth: Spies, in German is spear, lance or javelin.|
Shawn Smith had many versions of it--the most interesting was "inside/inside--outside/outside". You would make the two first hops (to left and right) on the inside edges of the outside skis, and the second two hops on the outside edges of the outside skis. This meant for the third hop you had to land on the same ski as the second hop, but you had to bring it all the way across underneath you (your right ski would be to the left of your torso--like a Charleston). Then you would (dyslexically) start the whole process again. ?
Perfect explanation..... On the one footed part---we go from outside ski to inside ski....(on the uphill edge)...my confusion was having to land on the "downhill" edge----which would be very hard to maintain balance on a steep slope.
Bottom line....we are always landing on the uphill edges.
Thank you again.
I plan to own it....
Hi Tip Ripply--good question about the tip lead that results from Spiess hops. Yes--you should allow that much tip lead in this drill, because your legs rotate separately from each other, and from your pelvis, each about its own axis. If you start with your feet and skis pointing straight ahead, with no tip lead, and then rotate them 90 degrees to either side, the lead that results should be about the same as your original stance width.
There are three things that can cause tip lead. One is the independent rotation about two separate axes of your legs when they rotate in your hip sockets, mentioned above. The second is the increased flexion of one hip and knee when you stand sideways on a hill (the uphill leg will tend to bend more than the downhill leg) or incline into a turn (the inside leg will bend more). This hip and knee flexion will naturally move that foot forward of the other foot. The third cause of tip lead is intentionally moving one foot ahead of the other one.
In good skiing, we generally need to allow for the first two causes of tip lead and lead change in turns, while the third cause (intentionally moving a foot forward) is usually an error. If we don't give our feet permission to change lead according to the first two, we eliminate the possibility of some very important movements. That said, it's easy to go too far, to allow the feet to "scissor" excessively and develop too much "counter." Excessive counter and lead locks up the knees and ankles, tends to lead to excessive hip angulation, and generally puts us into a less-than-optimal athletic alignment. That's one reason for the common instruction to "pull the inside foot back" and reduce the amount of lead. But don't overdo it or attempt to eliminate all of the inside-foot lead. Some of it is critical!
Regarding your boot stiffness question, personally, I prefer a pretty stiff boot. I don't want to have to move a long way to pressure the front of back of the boot (or the ski), and I like the solid support of a stiffer boot for recovering quickly from imbalance. Of course, that same stiffness can be unforgiving of errors and throw you around mercilessly in situations like bumps, if you make a mistake, or if your fore-aft and vertical movements (knees, hips, spine, arms) are not highly disciplined and accurate. Some other skiers, instructors, and coaches prefer (or believe they prefer) softer boots that allow for more ankle flexion and extension.
What a load of crap. I can see that he's in Head Raptor boots, and it looks like he's on Head i.Supershape Rally skis. They do not need any steering. Those need zero steering. If he merely engages the tips, those skis will easily pull him around in any curve he desires. I've skied Rally skis. Great skis. I was in two days of white-outs in Solden, Austria, on Rallys, then four days of great skiing. Steep, not-steep, boiler plate, slush, consistently great skis. Never needed steering. I bought a pair. Twenty-plus years ago "shaped" skis replaced nearly straight skis. That was the end of hopping around turns.
Speiss turns are one of the acrobatic gimmicks that those born with more athleticism use to assert superiority over those born with less athleticism even if the latter group has worked to develop better technique. Yeah, I should have picked my parents better. Nothing here to improve any one's skiing. Why hop in a turn? Maybe if you're in leg-breaker breakable crust. To jump over some kid fallen in front of you, or over a fallen log. Otherwise...
There are upper body/lower body separation drills that can be done by everyone, including those like me with retro patella arthritis (kneecap bone rubbing against leg bone). Can't hop, no need to hop, can do upper/lower body separation just fine. Pivot slips are one drill, but overused. If you've done one to each side, and can do them any time, there's never any need to do any more.
Lean to engage those broad tips to pull you around turns. No need to hop.
Speiss turns, IMO, are a carryover that was used as a drill years ago back in the old days. The link I posted was a demonstration of that. It's just an exercise. That's what the OP asked for, Whether it has any value in today's skiing is not for me to say, I'm not an instructor. I know Harb uses a hop turn in PMTS to change edges in the turn transitions. You hop off of one set of edges, and come down on the other set of edges. But it's just another drill. Obviously Harb thinks it has some value, or he wouldn't teach it. And I'm not saying that the hop turn that Harb teaches is the same as Speiss. And to be honest, I really don't care. The OP asked what it was, the link I posted gave a pretty clear demonstration of what it is. End of story, as far as I'm concerned. If you guys want to debate the value of it, then be my guest.