I have heard from several L3s, Examiners, Dev team that our base of support for balance and movements is our feets contact with the snow.
i dont want to say this is 'wrong" as of course we are indeed standing on a feet while we ski. the issues arise when ever your relying on those feet to keep you in balance when ever they are on surface that is either slick, not stable, or we are air bourne. I also would like to say relying totally on our feet can cause bracing and being very static our skiing.
IMO a opinion not held by my SSD or any of my other supervisors is that thinking that our core is our base of support is much better way of explaining how its possiable to stay in balance in all situations and not just some.
so lets take this scenerio you have skier coming down a run that is literally everything at once. Bumps, groomered, powder, hard pack ice, mandortory airs, crud. If that skier is really on thier feet for support and balance its pretty same to say that when they encounter ice there edges will slide away, when ski in the bumps the weightless transtion will be beyond thier balance, when they catch air it will be next to hopeless. but, if someone else skis the same run and instead focuses on strong stable and always active core, I think they will be able to ski everything they find on that run with ease.
So who is right? who is wrong? are we both right? curious to here what the pros,the racers, to the just the high end recreational skiers think about where we derive our most fundemental skill from, balance.
this following is an add on though edit.
I think I minced my own word.
we can keep talking about BOS(base of support) as well, but I think what I was trying to say was where is the base of support for our movements?
I am going to agree with the first 2 poster that yes with out our feet being our BOS, but whats is our BOM(base of movement).
Edited by BushwackerinPA - 2/9/2009 at 10:36 pm