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Off Piste Steeps - Be Compact

post #1 of 4
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a bud is a race coach and he sometimes picks out a flaw for me, out of the generosity and kindness of his heart. This year, on his tip, I have a simple device for keeping upper body in the fall line and arm position re-inforcing that position. When I enter a particularly tough line, I say to myself one word: "compact" and I'm good. make sense? help anyone else? give it a shot, because it's simple as hell.

post #2 of 4

I agree. All season long my movement mantra has been on contracting instead of relaxing the muscles of the upper inside half (specifically the latissimus dorsi muscles--lats) after the pole touch. The payoff has been most noticeable in the steeps, especially if my eyes are looking down the hill (toward my next turn) instead of directed across the hill. You can't ski steeps well if your focus is on where you've been instead of where you're going. 


Edited by nolo - 4/11/2009 at 10:56 pm GMT
post #3 of 4

For me on the steeps when I notice my upper body is not facing the right direction down the fall line. I say to myself...........'Lunchtray" back to the old lesson we used to learn. Then if I am having a bad day skiing wise.........I swallow my pride and go back to working on ski drills till I get my rythm back.

post #4 of 4

Good advice being compact. I sometimes stay flexed as far as the fall line. I feel that air and being compact gives me controll. Like in the half-pipe, gotta be flexed and compact as I go up in the air.

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