|Originally posted by dchan:
Something came up in an offline conversation with Arc
In exploration of continuing to shape the bottom of your turns, experiment with starting a progressive softening of the outside leg sooner before the transition even as you turn up the intensity of your tipping of your inside foot to increase edge angles. The progressive relaxing or softening of the big muscles of the legs allows for greater lateral flexability and tipping of lower leg shafts to produce higher edge angles and a decreasing radius arc while enabling precise pressure control as the skis powerfully arc back under you. This produces a greater convergance angle of the paths of skis and CM resulting in a quicker transition, and a due to more radical divergance of those paths into the top of the next turn, netting a quicker release and movement to the new edge via higher edge angles sooner.
Most skiers keep their legs too rigid too long from falline to transition, inhibiting both increased edging thru finish, and delaying the release of CM into the new turn, not to mention adding pressure to the skis when they probably need to be absorbing or at least managing it.
The complex skill to be aquired here is to learn to soften or relax the upper legs while at the same time more strongly tipping the feet. Only an invert/evert foot focus orientation will allow this to happen very efficiently. Skiers who focus is to tip from the knees use the big upper leg abductor/aductor muscles that then work in conflict with what they need to do with their feet. Their intent to keep edging from the knees keeps the big muscles engaged just when they need to relax them to release the CM. As a result their turns loose both shape and snap thru the finish.
When we learn to percieve the path of our feet/skis and the path of our center each with a distinct integrity, but synergistic to each other, we are on the path to skiing as a whole body skier. Skiing without internal conflict between the intent of our mind and the movments of our body. In the best skiers flow so calmly because of the harmony (not conflict) of their intent and their movements.
Move from the feet, flow from the center.
Groove with (not against) gravity.