Actually, Harvey, I think I may have mislead you. When I worked with the Mahres at Keystone, especially 10-15 years ago, they strongly emphasized a lot of "vertical motion" (up/down motion). In today's skiing, we tend to see less up/down, especially in higher speed linked, carved turns, for several reasons (equipment capabilities for one, as well as better understanding). While we still flex and extend, sometimes through the entire possible range, the actual "up and down" of it is more an effect of angulating and relaxing angles, than a functional movement in itself.
So what I MEANT to say was that IF you like to think in terms of up/down motion, or flexing and extending (not that you SHOULD), you should think of starting the turn tall, flexing as needed for angulation and pressure control, and finishing the turn tall--as opposed to just starting tall and finishing flexed.
I probably could have described my point better--this is a potentially confusing and controversial area that I probably should have just stayed away from!
The more contemporary part of my description in the other thread talked of starting and finishing in "neutral," which is not necessarily "tall," and would only involve an extension if you had previously FLEXED earlier in the turn.
That "forward and lateral" move of the body in the turn transition really IS the "up" motion--and it is a much more accurate description. But it does not just happen in the transition! It is merely a segment of the constant, directed, "flowing" movement of your body all the way through the turn, into the transition, and into the next turn. You asked, "how do we project our body in the appropriate direction as we come out of the turn?" I answer that, if you have to suddenly push/project your body in a new direction in that transition, it reflects inaccurate or insufficient movement throughout the turn! For fluidly linked turns, you should NOT have to make a sudden, muscular movement to direct your body into the new turn!
Sorry for the confusion. Hope I didn't just make it worse!
[ October 02, 2002, 09:52 PM: Message edited by: Bob Barnes/Colorado ]