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The Royal ("Flying") Christie is a nearly lost art form of skiing. Too much emphasis these days is placed on "proper" and "efficient" techniques of carve and slarve and hardpack performance...and not enough on grace, style and flowing movements to glide upon the snow in an elegant and effortless display of human movement, snow and gravity (Powder skiers know this feeling).

I was lucky enough to capture this unlucky fellow on-piste the other day.
He was just fine after his adventure.

Practice the Royal Christie and enjoy its feeling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOm3bBmaDhk
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Isn't the fifth commandment for skiing "Never put all your weight on your outside edge."?
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Did you get a signed release:
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looks like pre-release to me.

"HotDog"
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I like to do that one where you get the tail behind and back in front of your face and put your pole on your head like an antler.
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The free ski did a 540 before it touched down again. That has to be worth extra points.
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Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
I like to do that one where you get the tail behind and back in front of your face and put your pole on your head like an antler.
Tuck the tail under your armpit
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BOO to links that open new windows...

HORRAY for imbedded videos!

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BOO to links that open new windows...

HORRAY for imbedded videos!
Okie Dokie...embedded next time...!
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By the way, Exotic.... it's spelled

"REUEL Christie" (pronounced ROYAL)

(geez, these youngsters just can't get anything right! lol
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By the way, Exotic.... it's spelled

"REUEL Christie" (pronounced ROYAL)

(geez, these youngsters just can't get anything right! lol
You are soooooo correct...I did not do my homework....I'm only 48...darned kids these days...sheesh...I didn't learn anything....
Anyway..my father loved doing the "Flying Christies"...got very elegant at it too....maybe I can learn and keep the traditions going....without falling on my ear...
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That is a "flying christie". Outside ski held up a foot.

A Royal (sp) Christie would have the outside ski back to the point where the tail is over the inside shoulder and the tip straight back.

Art Fuerr (sp?) of the Hart Demo Team had is perfected back in 1968. He inspired me to pursue a career in freestyle skiing when I was 11 years old.
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That is a "flying christie". Outside ski held up a foot.

A Royal (sp) Christie would have the outside ski back to the point where the tail is over the inside shoulder and the tip straight back.

Art Fuerr (sp?) of the Hart Demo Team had is perfected back in 1968. He inspired me to pursue a career in freestyle skiing when I was 11 years old.
I remember that. There was either a magazine ad or a poster, or both, with Art doing the royal christie on Hart Javelins.

I had a pair of those at one point but it was way too much ski for me at the time.

I also was once able to do a royal christie, but I'm not that flexible anymore. Sorry, no photographic evidence.
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Ahh hah, another old guy.

There were Hart promo movies with Art and another skier doing Royal Christies down a slope. Pre-Suzy Chapstick days.
I still remember Art skiing up to my group and doing a tip roll 360 on long 200cm skis. Always a big smile.

The flying christie is a mainly a freestyle trick, but it can be a good training tool.
It gives you a good feeling of what truning on the wrong foot feels like. (100% wrong)
Sooner or later, you blow a turn and have to ski out on the inside foot.

In my Associate Cert exam run I crossed my tips, ran over my own ski, turned on my inside ski, pulled my other ski around from the Royal christie position and continued skiing. A couple of the examiners had fallen on the same run. Doing all of the freestyle crossovers paid off.
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hmmm, leaves a question of which hurts the shoulder most. A brush with a Vermont tree or that crash.
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I butted in on another thread started by ExoticSkis, but figured better not to hijack further. But I did post the following there, and am still curious, so perhaps someone will reply here...

 

For those of you who can do a royal christie do you find it easy to hold the same pose standing on one leg with the other extended up behind you? Not on skis, just say in your stocking feet in your living room. Or does the additional stability provided by a ski boot plus turn forces actually make it easier to hold that pose while skiing?

 

 

I myself can't do a royal (or reuel, or even flying) christie on skis yet...

 

 

...but I do like to practice wherever I can!   ;-)

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