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post #1 of 7
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Perhaps this topic has been beaten to death in previous posts. If so guide me.

When skiing "Variable conditions" that may include piles of loose snow and patches of ice (Eastern type where you can see an embedded quarter four inches down), What methods could be used to limit banking and the resulting slide outs while still maintaining fluid, linked turns?
Presently I find that patiently pressing my stance ski in search of the "theshold" sets up a broken rhythm.

Am I expecting too much?

post #2 of 7
two footed skiing and practice lots of balance exercises. Unless you are racing, let the skis "skid" and just maintain your balance. IMHO. Practice lots of edge control/pressure control. Suble adjustments that start from the ankles/feet.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 12, 2002 12:30 PM: Message edited 1 time, by dchan ]</font>
post #3 of 7
Ditto more two footed, double the effective edge, bigger base of support. Augment with additional counter-balancing of upper body by using more break at the hip to keep your shoulders a little more over the feet so your edges dig down more -vs being pushed away. This helps you "slide as balanced unit" when things let go instead of doing a hip plant. When it is patchy icy, I simply retract a little to de-pressure and straighten the arc a little to slice across and then roll'em back up in the good stuff.
That stuff keeps you looking ahead and ready to adjust.
post #4 of 7
What Arcmeister said. Turn on the side of the trail and glide accross the icy spots. Also practice ice skiing. It sucks and I do not like it, but I skied some easy blue parts of run out areas at Jay Peak that were not groomed and were almost a sheet of ice and much to my surprise and I managed to link turns (with minimal skid). So if you are being gentle with turn initiation you may be able to carve through it. Remember once you break traction it is a lot harder to re-establish it than to maintain it in the first place.
post #5 of 7
we had a good discussion of this in an earlier thread, found in there among the spastic attacks and misinterpretations : heavy tracked-up powder, thread author is Auxcrinier

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 15, 2002 03:10 PM: Message edited 2 times, by gonzostrike ]</font>
post #6 of 7

I have never heard of "Yes" skis..... least that's what you put down for equipment.

Does equipment matter? Yep! Especially when dealing with ice.

Enlighten us a bit with what you are on.
post #7 of 7
I haven't heard of them either, but I do know that "Yes" skis are better than "no" skis.

(Sorry, couldn't resist).

Tom / PM
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