I didn't want to restate it. To me, it feels like I'm being argumentative when I restate stuff. However, if someone else agrees, it's good to have that person post something to state the agreement. It sort of validates the statement to others, that don't know whether the statement is valid. In other words, if I say "hold the uphill ski back" and you come back and say "I agree", then it reinforces it. But if I state it 3 times and no one comes out in agreement, then people who are debating the issue in their head, will not know if I'm trying to push an agenda and people like yourself don't agree, but don't want to get into an argument, so they don't past anything. If you don't agree, I would hope you would state that. Otherwise, I don't debate the issue for its merits. So now, I'll state it again, hopefully using some different words to see if it makes more or less sense, or whether you get the same feelings from it.
At the point that you are ready to be done with a turn and start the new turn, when you are facing as far across the fall line as you want to go, the uphill ski should be back far enough that you have firm contact between the shin and the tongue of the boot. That way, as you start to pressure the new turning ski, you will be properly balanced on it. If you were to transfer your weight to that ski when it has a fair amount of lead, you will be transferring the weight (pressure) to your heel, and to the back of the cuff of the boot. this would then require you to catch up to the ski as it enters the fall line and is accelerating. That would mean, that to catch up to the ski to be properly balanced, your CM will need to accellerate faster than the ski. This is a really tough proposition, and would result in your weight rocking dramatically fore and aft throughout every turn, as well as making it very difficult to carve the top of the turn since your mass is behind your feet.
The easiest was to accomplish keeping contact between the shin and tongue (of the boot
), is to gradually pull the ski back as you move from the fall line to the end of the turn. This is more of a feeling than a movement that you would see, because it would look like consistant, constant contact between the shin and the tongue of the boot. But it will feel (to most people) like you are actively pulling the ski back. Do it gradually, not in a quick, forceful motion. If you try to make a move to pull the CM forward, rather than pulling the ski back, there is a good chance you will transfer too much weight to the inside ski before the end of the turn, and will sometimes find the outside ski starts running away from you. And even if not, it requires a lot more effort to move the enire body, rather than just the leg, making it more tiring and less efficient.
PS, I fully agree with Ott about rotating the hips to create a stem. VERY common in intermediate skiers.<FONT size="1">
[This message has been edited by JohnH (edited November 08, 2000).]</FONT>