|Originally posted by Roto:
I'll finish up later GTG!
Apologies for that unfinished post.
I was just thinking that being back and tipping in can hardly be of no consequence. I think weems' post has a lot of good content, except for that part.
By referring to the eff. movemnts patterns I am sharing some of the info that backs up decisions I make to help people out. I divulge this because I am communicating with a fellow instructor, so skiing development shares the stage with professional knowledge (in my opinion).
I would put dchan in the same place as vsp. Level 8. He has some excellent movement pattern development going on and could, with enough mileage, be skiing into the next level within a season.
- dchan shows some decent development of ankle, knee, hip & spine flex to stay balanced over the feet.
I do not see him as 'sitting back' as much as 'in contact' with the back of the boots. This may seem like a semantic difference, but it is not. The aft balance may go unnoticed by the unpracticed eye because the difference between contact with the front and contact with the back of the boots lies in a SLIGHT difference in hip position. But this has BIG consequences.
to me, this is primarily reponsible for his 'late' edge engagement, as the slight aftness delays his use of diagonal movements of the feet, legs and hips to engage and release the edges. This movement pattern also shows some decent development. He does use diagonal movements to engage his edges (just a little late), but not so well to release as his legs must be tight into transitions to deal with the aft contact. Either his cm or feet move vertically prior to actually acheiving edge release for transition.
dchan does a very good job waiting until his edges are changed to steer the feet so he can utilize rotary motions that originate in the feet & legs... though the timing of this is also slightly delayed due to the 'aftness' and late digonal movements (skis can't be steered with the feet until they are at least flat)
Too much information? maybe, but remember that this is usually behind the scenes, and in truth it isn't necessary to develop such an involved description of all of the movement patterns. Usually it's a fairly quick comparison to identify cause/effect and then move into development.
For a lesson plan, I don't know since I'm not with him. I may well work to direct his balance to the outside ski earlier in the turn, as this could put him in a much better balanced position to tip and guide above the fall-line. There are a bunch of ways to go and it really depends on what kind of situation would be best to acheive the outcome.
Some desired outcomes..
-maintain contact with the front of both boots from turn to turn (including thru transition).
-replace vertical movement with forward/lateral movements through turn transitions.
-develop an awareness of his timing of edge release and it's relationship with edge engagement.
-Direct balance to the outside ski more often/effectively
-acheive the skill to ski the following pressure control/balance sequence: while making comfortable turns-
- in the fall-line, 100% on outside ski,
- across the fall-line 50/50
- in the fall-line 100/0
- etc. etc.
- make the shift continuous & smooth
from fall-line to fall-line
- ski so if people were watching they could not identify a single point at which weight transfer has occurred. They will be able to see one has happened, just not exactly when/where.