Originally Posted by justanotherskipro
Not so RicB. Allowing the body to move over the terrain does not require us to interrupt it's downhill flow. The hallmark of good bump skiers is the uninterrupted movement of the body down the hill. The legs are still used to absorb but there is not a braking maneuver used, so there is no need to introduce one. Insofar as the skis accelerating because the slope is suddenly steeper, I would say if the skis is being actively worked at that point the acceleration is mitigated and if it doesn't happen in the first place, we do not need to throw in a corrective movement.
In other words If we are centered (everything moving in the same timeline) we can access any combination of the three skills at will, in any terrain.
JASP maybe you are not looking at this the same way RicB and I are.
In bumps I am using a back pedaling motion while allowing the CM to flow freely. This is pulling or allowing both feet to move back under a stable moving CM. Trying to move forward to stay over the skis instead of allowing them to come back under you would not be as efficient. I do not see this as a re centering movement because of becoming static for a split second.
I will also use pulling back the feet as a tactical move when I either want to weight the tails to shorten a turn or I do not want the CM accelerated as much by gravity.
I may want to shorten a turn by leveraging the tails for terrain or tactical reasons such as being in a race course and trying to take a more direct line than the round arc. Re centering by pulling back the feet is a quick way to get back into the front seat.
I may want to pull back the feet is to minimize forward movement of the CM. To initiate a turn in very steep terrain I tend to pull the feet back progressively leading up to transition rather than adding to the effects of gravity with a forward movement of the CM in relation to the feet.