I had a discovery the other day. For years, my biggest pet peeve in skiing has been quad fatigue (not doubt due to bad technique). I've been trying to find a position in skiing that wasn't so hard on my quads. I finally found it. Standing in the lift line, I discovered that if I put 100% of my weight on my left leg, and lock it straight, and then keep my right leg flexed and forward (so that the right tip is in front of my left tip)---that puts the least amount of pressure on my quads (probably because my left leg is locked straight, instead of slightly bent).
I tried to ski in this position--and amazingly, my quads didn't get tired, and my skiing stamina improved tremendously. Needless to say, I was very happy about that. But it felt kinda weird--I was constantly shifting one foot in front of the other (when my left leg was locked straight, my right tip was in front of my left tip--when my right leg was straight, this position would switch--there was so much fore aft movement of my skis--it felt like cross country skiing!)
My question is--is this an acceptable way to ski? Is balancing all your weight on your outside ski, keeping that leg locked straight, while having the other leg flexed with significant tip lead---is that correct? It's certainly a lot easier on my quads!!
Edited by mrzinwin - 3/5/2009 at 09:35 am