Originally Posted by tdk6
Wouldent you think that high angles are kind of out of reach at this level for OP making your suggestion to widen the stance a little out of context. That would also put him on his inside ski insted of balancing over his outside ski! What do you think? Dont you agree that high enough angles can be reached with stance width in clip?
...no, I don't think it's too much of a stretch. As they say in the Air Force, Aim High. One of my big speeches to my teammates this year is, if you're gonna change, make it a big
change. 2% changes aren't going to get you very far. A wider stance isn't automatically gonna give you bigger angles. Ted Ligety gets some major league angles with a fairly narrow stance. But for most of us, widening the stance gets the inside knee out of the way so you can incline both legs to create a big edge angle. Stance width in the clip might work, but why not try something new and exciting? Wider stance will only put you on the inside ski if ya ain't angulating...feel the pinch at the waist, stand against the edged ski...it's the same as with lower edge angles, only more so.
One of the things that helped me a bunch was when one of my teammates said "Good skiing, Richard, but you're kind of floating your turns. Don't be afraid to set an edge and really
put some pressure to it early on." Good advice. If you think of a turn as C shaped (or a parenthesis...doesn't really matter), the whole idea is to get pressure at the top of the C, where the ski is actually pointed away from the direction at the end of the turn. At the bottom of the turn, you have momentum plus gravity loading up the ski, and that's when you want to take pressure off
. At the top, however, the ski is relatively light, so you have to apply some moxie to get things moving. Edge and pressure decisively before
the ski enters the fall line, manage the pressure in the fall line, take the pressure off, get off the edge and go to neutral as you cross the fall line...repeat, as needed....