Quite a while ago I asked you for your definition
of a "carved turn"
(post # 27), please feel free to correct me if I am mistaken but, I do believe you have failed to provide one. I wonder if much of this discussion of 'terms' would have been necessary if you had? Would you care to offer one at this time?
I think I prefer the simple and concise definition of a "carved turn" stated at 1:05 in the video "the tip the middle and the tail pass through the same point in the snow." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO0hjU5Vmuo
To attempt to avoid a jdistefa
joust, I know there is always some degree of 'slip angle' in a ski turn, but in my opinion such nit picking at this time would be a distraction.
The intent of the 'in-rigger'
is to introduce the skier to very high edge angles, similar to those required for high level 'dynamic carving'
, without using inefficient patterns of movement that misalign the skeletal structure and would need to be replaced at some point.
The drill allows the skier to learn about, and experiment with, how a ski responds to very high edge angles, as well as fore and aft pressure, the 2 prime inputs that control a 'carving' ski. This is done at a very low speed on easy terrain with efficient patterns of movement that align the skeletal structure of the outside leg and would not need to be replaced to allow for 'dynamic carving'
On steeper terrain the increased speed and momentum cause the skiers weight to shift from the inside leg at slow speed to the outside leg where the high edge angle has built sufficient pressure to support it. At that time the inside leg is free to relax and easily come to a proper skiing position. That and much more is covered in the advanced carving tape.
I must add that improper alignment
makes it very difficult to properly execute the drill. An example of that would be a boot that creates an 'overedged'
condition. In the attempt to complete the task the skier would be unable to maintain the position of counter. The hip moves toward the outside of the radius lessening edge angle in response to the 'overedged'
condition. This rotation of the body, along with eversion and dorsiflexion result in pronation which causes the bones of the foot to unlock inhibiting the ability to maintain pressure on the head of the 1st metatarsal.
As soon as the 'overedged'
condition is corrected the skier would be able to move the hip inside the radius into a countered position which along with plantarflexion and inversion resupinate the foot engaging the bones of the foot creating a lever and maintaining pressure on the head of the 1st metatarsal.
The skier when properly aligned would replace inclination
with the more effective movement of angulation
. It is ineffective to attempt to correct movement patterns once the misalignment is recognized. Properly
correct the alignment and the movements will correct themselves!
drill maintains a flat inside ski pointed in the direction of travel and a position of 'counter rotation' differs considerably from the 'Gorilla'
drill in which the inside ski is rotated medially against the direction of travel and the outside knee is rotated medially, though I believe Al Hobart talks about counter, I think it is missing in his demo.