Originally Posted by Tom Orwell
I thought up-unweighting as in the first video (and even the second video) should be used primarily when skiing in soft snow or powder. An instructor more advanced than I was working with me and told me that my head was moving up and down too much. We were skiing on hard, groomed snow. I worked all season on not moving my head up and down, but rather moving my skis more side to side, with as little upper body movement as possible. Is this analysis correct?
Tom, its allways nice to have a new person join the discussion so thank you for jumping in. In the good old days everyone used to up-unweight because we had to rely on redusing pressure under our skis in order to overstear our skis into a drifted skidded turn. Up-unweighting was the primary technique back then and for good reason: there is no other easy way of unweighing your skis in all situations. Nowadays things have changed since we use shaped skis and they are much more turny than our old straight pencil skis. Also, we often carve and arc our turns which do not require any unweighing. However in order to make our transitions fluid we should keep our CM from going up and down disturbing our body flow down the mountain. We should also work on ski rebound and try to use as much of the terrain as possible. Im allways on a lookout for a bump to turn on and a pile of snow to turn in. You are right in your assumption that up-unweighing should be used in soft snow and powder. However, there are different levels of UUW and your ski instructor friend apparently thaught that you had surpast the level where you head goes up and down all the time. What he wanted you to do was to work more with your legs and work with rebound, flexion, extention and retraction insted of letting all the movements travel through a stiff body and make your head go bop bop bop. When you ski powder your head should remain vertically quite leveled. Also in bumps and on groomers. Its a mark of a good skier when his upper body remains calm and his feet does most of the work. In this thread there are a zillion contradicting viewpoints on how to work up-unweighing into a more refined retraction turn typ of technique so there is still much confusion on this topic.