|Originally posted by bong:
Talking about accuracy of movement into the new turn, Ski and Golf ...worked with us ... The suggestion that helped me with a personal breakthrough was project your downhill hip forward and into the turn to move you across the skis in the direction of the turn instead of straight up in the air. This allowed earlier edge engagement for a much more controlled carving turn at high speed.
This is a superb tip for higher level skiers that are already carving well and carrying lots of speed across the hill, but not getting edge right after crossover.
If you think about it, the classical "face downhill and bend" type of angulation allows you to get extra edge against gravity and centrifugal force in the last part of the turn. OTOH, the movement S&G suggested allows you to angulate in a direction that is hard to do, namely outward against centrifugal force right after transition. This is another reason to go through transition in "neutral" and not carrying a lot of counter from the end of the last turn.
This tip has helped me a lot, but I know that I don't quite own the movement yet due to decades of practice with the older, subtly different technique.
Good tip, S&G.
Tom / PM
PS - Note to self: Practice this one!!