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post #61 of 64
Good morning, I think we are starting out the new year with excellent points and for me at least with much more understandable terminology.

DavidM, your posts have become much more understandable to those of us to whom english is a second language, fourth in my case, and I won't have to run to the dictionary to find out what " the 1st metatarsal phalangeal joint" is,as Pierre mentioned. I suspected I knew, but I had to make sure so I don't misunderstand and start of with the wrong premise.

So what I'm saying is that in being educated about a subject I must understand what is being said.

Thanks everybody and a Happy New Year.

post #62 of 64
What about intent when starting the turn? How does that affect weighting and balance? I find that when I commit to my outside foot when I begin the turn (used to be intentional, now happens when I fall into the backseat) that my stance narrows, my balance degrades, and I have very poor control over a light inside ski. In the past, this was a common cause of falls. I would end up with my balance too far inside the turn and go right over, or my balance would be over the outside foot, until my inside foot hit a lump, bounced against my outside foot, and caused me to fall.

On the other hand, when I use my inside ski to initiate and guide the turn, I feel in balance and in control. More of my weight ends up over the outside ski, but I feel evenly balanced, as was previously alluded to in this thread. This is what I take to be "two-footed skiing" or "even weighting." It makes skiing much easier, more fun, and by default, safer.

Has anyone else experienced this? It seems like a subtle difference in intent and initiation (i.e., tipping and rotary v. weight shift to start a turn), but because of the profundity of the difference in results, I wonder if the initiation of the turn is more significant than I thought - if not the most important part.

post #63 of 64

The transition is indeed the the most important part of skiing and probably the trickest part. Get that right and the rest is easy.

post #64 of 64
Originally posted by Floyd:
Try it! With at least a hip width stance keeping slight pressure on both boot cuffs at all times through the turn and actively keeping the tips of your skis aligned make a couple of turns on hard snow. To me this meant I had to actively bring the outside ski around the turn to keep tips aligned with the less traveled inside ski. I couldn't believe the results. I went out and started looking for ice & hard snow just to prove it wrong. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
Anyone help me out here, but when I think of actively bringing the outside ski around I hink of hip rotation. I think really what was happening was that you were standing more over your skis as opposed to leaning inside the turn. The more your hip leans inside the more inside lead you will have, therefore if, you stand more over your skis the tips will be more aligned.

Standing more over your skis on ice is good b/c it directs more downward pressure on the edges.
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