Originally Posted by youngsman
I’m convinced that what I need to work on in 2008-2009 is my basic stance. I’m sure from stance comes balance and from balance comes bliss. I want a taller, more natural stance that will be more efficient and less fatiguing. Over the summer, I want to burn the image of a good stance into my brain by hanging a picture in my office of a great basic stance.
Please post any pictures that you might show a student and say “now that’s a good stance!”.
Working on Stance and Balance is the key thing for just about everybody. Including WCers...they spend alot of time working on it.
But the key thing is to understand the goal is not work on a static stance. The goal is to work on movements, that promote solid balance.
Having said that, in skiing these movments work from and to a basic or neutral stance. I beleive this is what you are referring to. We hit this neutral stance at transition. It is one where your feet support your mass, you have some ankle, knee, and hip flex...hands up and out...head up. It should feel comfortable. Beyond that, it would be impossible to make a blanket statment that X is the ideal "neutral" stance...it will vary from person to person, and is a function of your boots, your bindings, the length of your tib/fib vs. your femurs vs. your torso,...your ability, your speed, the type of terrain you ski on...etc.
Getting an effeictive neutral stance is easy....developing the movments to develop and maintain balance however, is a life long pursuit....but ultimatley a very enjoyable one.