I've never done this video thing before, so hopefully it works. this is my first youtube experience. maybe w/ more expertise can bring the screen over here as I've seen done. thx,
Uncle Louie had asked repeated for video of someone skiing a steep couloir, (I think he asked for 10 ft) without active leg steering.
I'm not actively in any technique camp, but I believe there is valid points to be made on both/mulitple sides. Whether we focus on active leg steering or not I thought was the base point of that discussion, and since Eski and I were skiing, i thought I'd shoot a little video. Once again, I'm not in any camp, and I think both Eric and I are quite open minded, that said, here's what we came up with...
That's me on the w. face of KT 22 in the 1st 2 clips, some chunky debris from the skied out breakable crust and the everpresent west face bumps. If you don' t know the run, it's around 1800 vertical of sustained pitch that is always bumped up, and great fun. You'll see a definite up, mostly from the fact that i'm starting turns on top of the bumps.
Eric is on the far skiers right of headwall, maxing out at just over 40 degrees, then in classic chute which is around 40 degrees, but narrow w/ shelves from people sideslipping the crux.
As usual in video, it looks flat, level and easy, go figure.
Eric says he doesn’t focus on active leg steering at all in this quite short turn, but focuses on a solid upper body, pole and edge change.
You can see in much of my footage, I use ski design quite a bit, and sometimes quite early in the turn, while eric tends to hit it right at the end with more power and quickness.
As I said, people will probably see active leg steering in eric and an extension in my skiing, and that’s their choice. What I think could be concluded is that you don’t have to focus on leg steering, and that focus often causes problems. Some people need it, for others it gets in the way. As Eric D said while we were skiing here, "when I focus on steering my feet, I have trouble balancing on them."
Also as I said, my image of my own skiing is to take whatever terrain I’m on and make if feel like I’m flowing down it like maple syrup (not water, too fast for the sensations I want), and flatten out the terrain with round turns, patience and appropriate absorbsion.
feel free to have at it, and will this be the footage Uncle Louie asked for? I doubt it, but we skied the way we ski and will let the arrows fly.