Originally Posted by tdk6
From the article
While entering phase-I with more weight on the inside ski compromises the skier’s balance, it can be commonly seen on the World Cup, because it produces the higher edge angle early in the turn often providing some speed advantages. Sometimes racers’ outside ski can be even off the snow in the beginning of phase-I. This movement is, in my view, incorrectly considered to be a technical element. Some coaches refer to it as “starting the turn on the inside ski.” In reality it is just a bi-product of an aggressive inclination in the early stages of phase-I. No racer on the World Cup deliberately tries to enter into a turn on the inside ski with the outside one up in the air.
Thats what the article said. Like Bud said, its mainly a byproduct.
BigE, did you see that he also mentioned "extending into the turn".
When getting both shovels to engage, don't put too much weight on the inside ski. But don't lift it or just have it along for the ride either. There is real intent there.
Here's what I'm talking about:
"Notice that while Niberg’s outside leg is extended and the inside one retracted, both knee joints are in the functional “unlocked” state. This way the racer can absorb the terrain and maintain the edges in a constant contact with the snow surface. Niberg is shown here in the beginning of phase-II where pressure builds mostly on the fronts of the skis. It is achieved by proper re-centering performed by the beginning of phase-I. At this point the racer should feel more pressure on the ball of the outside foot and really feel the tongue of the inside boot against the shin"There ain't no lifting and tipping going on here -- it's no accident that the tongue of the inside boot is pressed against the shin.
Re:extension did notice those words. I read it as being told to "get longer". Period.
"The author is pictured here in phase-I of the turn way above the fall line. The fall line can be clearly seen by the grooves left in the snow from grooming. The skier moves inside and down the fall line by extending the outside part of his body without angulation of any kind. Note that the entire body is square to the skis and shoulders are not level
, while the skier appears to be in good enough balance. Achieving this position can be somewhat of a challenge, as a skier has had to extend forward from the position similar to this one
Extension is not enough: forward movement is needed.
"Therefore, it is apparent that extending and re-centering
from phase-0 (frame 5 from the bottom) did not take longer than half a second. "
Recentering is and independent movement.
" This slight deviation from a square position can be important for projecting forward and extending into a properly inclined position in the beginning of phase-I. "
Again, projecting forward is different from extending.
"Clearly, this demonstration is somewhat extreme compared to the previous one. While the skier is well extended and remains in balance, the proper re-centering did not take place by the beginning of phase-I shown here
. Furthermore, in order to create such high edge angle above the fall line, the skier has to resort to applying more weight onto the inside ski."
The above quote shows exactly that recentering and extension are independent efforts.Once again, the activities of extension an recentering are independent:" One can say that a modern turn is executed by re-centering and extending to inside of an arc of a turn with subsequent counter-balancing performed in the final stages of the turn"Extending is not enough! Recentering is a distinct requirement.