|Originally posted by Bob Barnes/Colorado:
You might also want to check the archives. In particular, try these threads:
What is the "Epic Standard" for turns? This was the precursor, with some important background information, to the threads that follow:
How do you make a perfect turn?
This may have just the description you're asking for.
Those turns...illustrated. As it suggests, this one has illustrations, including graphics of the same basic fundamentals at various representative levels of development.
Thank you for the revelation! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] This thread plus the three you encourged us to visit in the quoted post have provided an explanation for what I experience on skis that I have never been able to understand. Thank you!
For the first 20-something of the 32 seasons I have skied, I spent a lot of time and effort reading, learning, getting coaching during a couple of racing years, and generally trying to understand how to get better. However, apart from a ski week with Chris Stagg in Taos in the late 80s, I haven't had lessons in years. Lito's book made sense to me, but I seemed to have plateaued as a "terminal sub-expert": I can ski pretty much anything, but certain conditions and/or equipment just flummox me. Also, I noticed that certain skis (especially) just didn't work for me because they didn't have enough "pop" to help me start the turn. Now I know what the issue is! I can't wait to get on snow, now, for a new reason!
I am an engineer. I understand physics (although not as well as PhysicsMan, for sure!), and yet I had never seen a clear illustration of the forces involved in a ski turn until I saw your illustrations here. In addition, it seems that you've also illustrated the difference between "effortless" skiing and the much more common "work" of skiing. If I'm not lifting and shifting my CM around, I can turn with much less effort, conserving my energy for those times when I need to (or want to! [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img] ) burn it on some fun on the slope.
I am gratified to learn that a fair amount of my skiing is in the direction of "expert skiing" such as the lines I pick and my reasons for them. However, I find that I have a real breakthrough to seek this year and I can think of no better use of my Colorado Pass than its pursuit this season.
Again, my thanks. Your willingness to share this deeply has already made a huge difference for at least one newbie in this community. :