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Outside Hip Extension

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Sorry no photo's available.

I find that my outside hip seems to extend over and probably past my ski while getting ready to start my turn. I'm advanced level. I'm sure the hip needs to stay tucked in...any tips or to accomplish this?

post #2 of 5

Without photos we better get a better understanding of the words. Are you talking about the old outside hip or the new outside hip? When you say "over and past" do you mean laterally? It sounds like you are talking about turning the hip in the direction of the new turn as a move to start the turn. Is this correct?
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply.

Yes, I'm talking about lateral movement of the hip over the old downhill ski...just before I start my new turn. It feels like it gets in the way for me to make my move downhill with the next turn.

Thanks Edge
post #4 of 5
The pelvis should be moving forward and into the turn as the skis flatten when switching from one set of edges to the other. Is that the moment you're describing? At that point the side of the pelvis that will be inside the new turn should be rising in comparison with the side that will be outside the new turn.

It is very common for skiers to feel as though the inside half of the pelvis won't move forward and into the turn. It is not an intuitive movement. It's a commitment to the new turn that requires a lot of confidence, along with the ability to relax and allow that move to occur.
post #5 of 5
Get's in the way? It's supposed to get in the way. Like Kneale says, the new inside hip is supposed to lead you through the new turn. This can feel awkward at first. What helped me through this phase was making large radius turns with a massive uphill finishing component, then turning my new inside hip forward when starting the next turn. I don't recommend this to many people because it's something you have to unlearn, but it can break through that awkward feeling and the habit of turning the hips in the direction of the new turn to start it. The key to this is the turn shape causing the forward movement into the new turn being a movement across the slope instead of a movement down the slope. What happens when you push that inside hip forward is that you'll get earlier weight transfer onto the new inside edge and a "Whoa!" sensation from the ski way before it enters the fall line in the new turn. Ideally, you'll move the inside hip diagonally forward to start your turns. But if this is just not working for you, then try exaggerating the forward component of the hip movement. Once you start getting positive feedback from the skis, it's easier to fine tune the movement.
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