Ahh--the poor forgotten OP! Hi Chuck. On behalf of everyone here, let me apologize for the drift of this thread. (Although there are some excellent new cans of worms being opened, or reopened, here. One comment on recent discussions that is relevant to your original "rotary or not rotary" question: Hey all you anti-teaching-rotary guys--if rotary is such an unimportant skill that you don't think should be bothered with, why are you obsessing over it so much here?
This thread is living proof of why it is so important that the rotary skill be addressed and kept in the forefront of any teaching progression. Rotary movements, and the skillful management thereof, are clearly a big deal!) 'Nuff said on that.
Regarding your video clip, Chuck: You are clearly not a beginning skier, and not as far from making strong, arc-to-arc carved turns as many of us might have imagined. (I assume that you are the one skiing fastest, carving through the crowd...man, I hope it's not that crowded everywhere you ski!) You have developed the ability to balance on one foot and let the edge of your ski carve. Your practice of the one-footed exercises Lito focuses on have done you some good!
Now, it's time to remember one of my favorite adages: Every exercise has something wrong with it--otherwise it would be "skiing."
While Lito is absolutely right that a critical skill for good skiing is the ability to balance on one foot, and he has some great exercises for improving your one-footed balance, take a look now at the original video of Bolter, whom you said you wanted to learn to emulate. Unlike you, he does not
make that complete, 100% weight transfer and lift the old downhill ski off the snow to initiate his turns. Lito has helped you develop some important skills. Now it's time to stop doing the exercises and set those skills free! (That's not to say that going back to those exercises periodically won't continue to pay dividends. But those exercises are obviously not what Bolter is doing in that video clip.)
In your case, that "lift" move is causing exactly the problems I described in my earlier post--that "early weight transfer" is actually blocking your "cross-over" move into the new turn, at least indirectly. As you have already said, "transition is the key," and your focus on the active 100% weight transfer before starting your new turn is what's preventing your transitions from looking like Bolter's.
It may feel to you like it's working, too. Transferring weight to your uphill leg and lifting that downhill ski helps move you across your skis and into the new turn. The problem is that you need to make that weight transfer to cause the crossover in the first place. The reason you need it is that you finish the old turn still way to the inside. In a vicious cycle, you may actually be unconsciously creating the need for the weight transfer by finishing inside; the weight transfer ("lift") corrects the problem, and everything seems hunky-dory.
Regardless, the solution will involve learning to keep that downhill ski on the snow through the transition. But just doing that--not "lifting"--probably won't work, because it isn't the problem itself. The problem is finishing inside. Solve that
problem, and you won't need to make that early, active weight transfer, and you'll be on your way to a breakthrough.
Next time you're on the snow, try making turns that start on the downhill ski, delaying the weight transfer as long as you can. If you want a new exercise, try "White Pass Turns," which begin with the uphill/outside ski lifted off the snow all the way to the fall line (straight downhill), before finally transferring to balance on the outside ski through the end of the turn (and the beginning of the next turn). You'll find this exercise difficult at first, I suspect, until you learn to finish each turn in "neutral" instead of inside, uphill from your skis. Look at my diagrams (particularly the Dynamic Parallel diagram)--as well as Bolter's video. Note that the crossover movements begin way back in the previous turn, and that by frame 12, the skier is balanced directly over his skis, in the middle of the crossover. That's the frame where you're still uphill from your skis, inside the old turn, needing to do something (transfer weight) to create the force that starts your crossover.
Other good exercises for you:
- traverse on the downhill ski (lifting the uphill ski), then initiate your new turn without putting the uphill ski down on the snow. Expect to need some time with this one too! Then try it without touching your uphill pole, either....
- Ski on one ski only--if you really want to commit, park a ski at the bottom of the lift and ski back to it, then change skis.
- Practice "railroad tracks" (basically, what you were doing in your video clip) keeping both skis on the snow at all times. Tip your skis smoothly out of the turn, through "flat," and onto their new edges for the new turn, in a continuous, unbroken movement. Seek to feel the pressure flow smoothly from foot to foot, with full commitment to the outside ski coming only after the turn starts. Note that any "active weight transfer" will create an abrupt glitch in your transitions.
All of these drills are to help develop the smooth, passive weight transfer I described earlier, where everything flows smoothly and effortlessly from turn to turn. It will be very obvious when you have it--completely different from the large effort you've been making to force the transition. It will be the transition you covet, and the breakthrough you seek!
Now, as you do these things--especially the railroad tracks with both skis on the snow--focus on the tipping movements through the transtion. Make sure you're tipping both skis, not just the new outside ski. There must be a moment when both skis are flat on the snow. That moment is what many other posters have been discussing here recently--it's where it's very easy to twist your skis off line, or to push their tails out to get them on edge. You want to make sure they track true through this "flat" moment, and that you roll
them to their new edges with no pushing or twisting sideways. When you get to this point, come back and revisit this thread, and I think it will make even more sense!