Whygimf's question is a good one, as with that information it should be pretty easy to figure out what he was getting at.
Generally to me the phrase skiing into counter means (from Ghost and Kneale):
|Skiing into counter to me means allowing creation of a separation of upper and lower body alignment:
However this is the difference:
The torso (hips up) should be aiming toward where you ARE going. This will always be true.
Now as for your feet, if there is some skidding, then the feet will not be pointing in the direction they are travelling, but some angle across the direction of travel. The difference between the direction your feet are travelling and the direction they are pointing is known as a steering angle. You need a steering angle to turn. But the torso still faces the direction of travel...hence the difference is "counter". The term "counter" has abit of history to it, and thus is not really descriptive of what we do today, "upper and lower body separation" is a better term.
Now in a pure carved turn, your feet will be pointing in the direction they are travelling. In this case the steering angle comes from the bent ski. You will note in a pure carved turn the ski tip does not point in the same direction that the middle of the ski points, which is again different to the tail.
So if in a pure carved turn the feet are pointing where they are going, and the torso is pointing where it is going how do you get separation?
Well the in this case then separation is largely driven from the fact that your torso and feet dont take the same path...infact they are converging and diverging paths. That is a key point to understand. This source of counter effects skidded and carved turns, but has a greater effect on carved turns due the greater amounts of inclination the carving skier acheives.
This is why expert skiers, or racers appear more "square to their skis"..ie less counter. As they only have "counter" coming from the 1 source, not 2 as with those skiing with less performance. Of course in real world application, most skiers, in most applications use a blend of both types of steering angles to generate the turn. Thus as you ski with more performance, more and more of the steering angle is generated in the bent ski, thus the feet align closer to the torso...this effect is negated abit by the converging/diverging paths, but not fully.
Hence what he meant specifically by it?
Hard to say for sure, but 5 most likely possiblities:
- He wants to see you complete the turns more; or
- He thinks you are creating artificial counter at the top of the turn by twisting the torso out of the turn; or
- He thinks you are articially minimising counter through the middle and end of the turn by twisting your toros into the turn; or
- Combination of 1 and 2; or
- Combination of 1 and 3.
A good thread on this topic is here: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=40790