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What's up with the "new school" stance?

post #1 of 9
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Maybe this is just a local phenomenon, but all the new schoolers at my local hill ski differently from the rest of us. They ski with their feet glued together and their poles clasped in front of their stomachs with the shafts forming an inverted "V". Is there some evidence to support this type of skiing, or just their stupid version of "being cool"?

P.S. No offense to any cool new schoolers out there, (I know you exist) it's just that at my hill, I've noticed the new schoolers to be particularly rude and obnoxious. I watched one of them carve around an 8 year old girl in ski school once, startling her so badly that she fell over. From the looks of the incident, it was intentional.
post #2 of 9
I have noticed that a lot of the "new school" skiers do look like they have a somewhat different stance - narrower, and a little more upright. Poles are often held closer to the body as you described. Maybe a little more functional in the terrain park. Can't say I've noticed any problems with objectionable behavior.
post #3 of 9
Idol emulation. Tanner Hall adopted the stance you mention during slopestyle competitions when he approaches rails - although his feet aren't glued together - it's more the pole thing. He said in an interview his style comes from a street skateboarding stance adapted for skiing. He doesn't ski like that when freesking, just in comps, sliding rails, and when dropping into the half-pipe. Unfortunately, that's where the up-n-comers see him, so they think they should ski like that all the time all over the mountain.

The rudeness is universal youth. Kids have been carving around beginners for as long as I remember, so nothing new there.
post #4 of 9
Zacman - definitely a LOCAL phenomenon. Obviously somebody at your hill has had sucess hitting jumps that way and others are copying. It doesn't sound very efficient for generating power (contact twisting) off a jump.

Bullet - Tanner's gorilla style is more hunched over with the pole grips at knee level and legs apart. He seems to have abandoned this recently although it still has some merit (balance) for sliding rails.

Gorilla style in action

[ March 18, 2003, 11:29 AM: Message edited by: Warren ]
post #5 of 9
I was just going to say what Warren said. I like to keep my poles to my side, almost like in my pockets..
post #6 of 9
Zacman, I think what you are describing is what was cool in the 1960s though the 1980s; the style called wedeln, or gaudille, or simply zipper line down the slope. You still can see it done in moguls - when skiing in the troughs between bumps; sometimes in powder - for better flotation; in the park, etc. The characteristic of this stance is, just as you described, feet glued together. The epitomy of this is the monoski - a snowboard with ski bindings set as for skiing, one next to the other.

What goes around, comes around. Nothing is new under the sun.
post #7 of 9
I thought they were holding up their pants.
post #8 of 9
Originally posted by daevious:
I thought they were holding up their pants.
that too... [img]smile.gif[/img]
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