|Originally posted by Coach13:
Problem was, everytime I focused on just a strong extension on the new outside leg, I put myself in the back seat and had to fight balance issues at the beginning of each turn.
Just a couple hints here for you coach, and the rest of you who might be exploring this move.
As I said last year, extending the old inside leg (new outside leg) as a means of completing the prior turn and beginning the new turn is a tremendously efficient turn transition, and when performed properly it offers a flow from one turn to the next that can't be matched by any other technique. I've introduced it to coaches on the staff here this season, and their immediate reaction was to rave about the continuous contact to the snow it provides and the instantaneous turn initiation it provides.
A few things to keep in mind:
1) The extension of the old inside leg is the move that serves to end the prior turn. It immediately transfers weight from the old outside foot to the old inside foot(new outside foot). No preliminary relaxing of the old outside leg or tipping of old outside foot is needed.
2) The extension should not be an explosive move, it should be subtle and controlled so that the momentum of the extension doesn't unweight the new outside ski. This gains importance as the hill steepens.
3) As you extend don't attempt to move your center of mass up the hill. If you do it correctly and allow the CM to remain where it is laterally you will immediately feel the new outside ski begin to roll off it's uphill edge and back to flat, and the CM fall into the new turn. This can only happen if you don't move your CM laterally up the hill as you extend. If you do move CM up hill you will remain balanced on the uphill edge and in an arcing traverse, a new turn will not begin, and you will be condemned as having performed a "negative movement".
4) The extension should occur in the knee only. This is key to producing a forward extension and quickly getting forward into the new turn. Ankle extension and hip extension are joint articulations that move CM back, knee extension moves CM forward. Didn't know that? Prove it to yourself, stand up, isolate these joints and try it. If the extension happens in the ankle and hip along with the knee you will end up in the back seat like coach reported.
5) Now this is very important. The extension should be combined with a forward drive of the old outside hip and foot.
At the end of a turn the hip is slightly countered and outside foot is correspondingly back. As soon as old inside leg extension begins the old outside foot becomes immediately unweighted and this allows for the old outside hip and foot to be driven back thru neutral until they are leading into the new turn. It feels and looks like your making a forward step.
This move quickly drives the skier into a forward position, positively engages the inside edge of the new outside ski, and puts the pelvis in an orientation that allows for effective angulation of the hip when and if needed.
Give it a try folks, if you haven't tried this turn transition technique yet you don't know what your missing. This will be the way PSIA will teach in years to come because it is just now becoming understood and emulated on the World Cup level. It's my gift to those on this forum who would like to get ahead of the curve.