As heluva says...
Originally Posted by BigE
The "jump test" fails if you jump forwards; the feet always come apart for stability, the bigger the jump, the wider the spread. So I have to wonder about how effective any sort of "home" position is, especially if that home position is never reached. eg. bump runs, steeps.
I've heard (and taught) that a "home base" position is a good thing to re-establish between turns. But that "rule" is not always true. There are times when any given width is inappropriate.
So, what good can come from telling a skier that a certain stance width is "the best"?
...the jump test is just a stance approximator. A lot of skiers still think it's a really good idea to start with their feet glued together, and so the jump test is just a way of saying "if you want to be an athlete on skis, as opposed to a statue, here's a way to find an athletic stance...your mileage may vary, adjust as needed...and of course, you will
adjust as you ski down the hill."
A few weeks back, we were training GS, and having our struggles. One of our coaches basically said that it's not
a good idea, or even necessarily possible, to move strictly from edge to edge without any kind of transition. So he told us to, after we're past the gate, get off the edge, go back to a neutral stance, then move the hip toward the center of the next turn and get the new edge thing going. That's a real
20,000 foot view of what it means to transition, and what a neutral/natural stance is, but it worked like a charm, for all of us...