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I was skiing wit Pierre, eh! yesterday and he said something that I didn't get a chance to explore because I had to quit and he had to hook up with someone els.

By way of background, let me say my focus in several recent years has been on doing things, mostly with my feet but also with my pole use and torso orientation, that contribute to enabling the CM to flow into that overused term of a couple years ago, "the future", or toward the next turn and downhill.

With this emphasis on improving my turn entries, I've sort of overlooked turn endings, reasoning that an appropriate turn beginning is the best way to achieve the desired finish.

What Pierre, eh! talked about was "getting my CM to where it has to be to control my speed."

Where do I want my CM to go to control speed?

How do I get it there?
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1) Where should your c.o.m. be going.....uphill!

2) Via turning which is a result of (tipping,turning/rotary,flexion, and extension)

3) Stand in a balanced position
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Speed control is a combo of technique applied via tactics to a chosen line.

Varied technical blends offer a full range of options from pure carved gliding turns to hop-check braking turns at the extreems and usually something more practical in between.

Line choices vary from the round slow line to falline fast line.

As for tactics:
Braking turns on a slow line is very slow, secure and fun for some. Gliding turns on a fast line is, well, very fast, maybe even dangerous or scary, but way fun if (big IF) supporting skill level, and good sense is there.

Very typical is seeing skiers on the fast line using braking turns for speed control, a generally less skilled (fewer options)approach.

When you can have option to carve well, gliding fast on the slow round line becomes a lot of fun.

As for flow of CM, direct it to compliment and facilitate the choice of line and tactics, gliding or braking.

Moving CM with the skis thru transition and into the top of the turn sets up its flow to be across the skis in bottom, facilitating more braking effect, as the skis work to deflect the CM flow back around the corner. Hense the heavy pressure finish.

Releasing the CM across the skis in the transition and away from skis in top of turn (down falline and to the inside) sets up for it's flow to be with the path of the skis as they arc, facilitating more gliding turns. This is the strong inside leading, to the future, com'on lets go this way, using directing of the CM to go with the flow, concept. Hense a more balanced pressure throughout turn.

Work the CM across the skis (braking turns), or with the skis (gliding turns). Technical blend options create tactical application options. Fast line, or slow line? It's all about options.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 04, 2002 08:09 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Arcmeister ]</font>
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