or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Ski Training and Pro Forums › Ski Instruction & Coaching › Speed Control- Especially in Crud
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Speed Control- Especially in Crud - Page 2

post #31 of 34
Unified momentum is a good way to describe how core tension can be used to maintain more constant foot speed and thus more constant forward momentum in the feet. It also reduces the need to thrust the feet and skis forward, or pull them back to maintain our stance. Although I would like to point out that at the end of the turn the body still needs to be moving a different direction than the feet. If we have waited until the end of the turn to allow the body and the feet to travel different paths (maintain seperate momentums), we will need to create some downhill (in this case lateral) momentum in order to get the body to move across the skis and into the new turn. Why not allow the body to begin migrating sooner which will also allow us to hang onto some of the downhill momentum that was already present. This eliminates the need for a big lateral movement to get the body moving across the skis and down the hill again.  E's idea of using a retraction transition does exactly that.

Edited by justanotherskipro - 7/19/2009 at 05:41 pm GMT
post #32 of 34
As a side note it should be obvious that I strongly believe in the feet and the body moving along separate paths all the time. It's one of the few absolutes in skiing as far as I'm concerned. So the whole idea of "unified momentum" needs to be understood as a bit of a misnomer. Much like knee angulation doesn't actually include a sideways bending of the knees. My biggest concern here is that if we invent a new term, we will trigger a five page debate over the definition of this new term.

So before that happens let me say that even though it is tempting to coin a new phrase, perhaps it would be better if we don't start looking for a short cut that describes this tactic.  Crud busting and broken crud in particular are situations where our base of support will be dynamically changing. Dynamic balancing skills are needed to negotiate these snow conditions. Like pertubation training in the gym, more core tension is just one tool available and this whole black and white debate about one tactic being superior to the other misses the point that we need both in our tool box and using both greatly expands our ability to find balance in highly variable snow.

I alway try core tension first and when that isn't enough, I adjust my stance. As far as what happens when I hit a big wet clump of snow, I try to make that happen in the middle of a turn instead of during an edge change.
Edited by justanotherskipro - 7/19/2009 at 08:17 pm GMT
post #33 of 34
I like the KISS method. Use the same movements in all conditions,just adjust on the fly. A collected core,ski the base w/ your edges and lots of practice. I use a 151 SL ski for a training tool,not much room for error on those guys. That's my program and I'm sticking to it.:-)
post #34 of 34
Originally Posted by JGTski View Post

I'm relegated to looking like an idiot taking absurdly wide turns.

As long as you are thinking this you will struggle to improve. You probably don't look like an idiot and I bet those turns aren't even that wide. If you want to disprove this post a video (and you will get great feedback.)

The technique and tactics changes you will need to employ are going to push your habits. If you are doing it right it is going to feel different. Skiing smoothly in challenging conditions is hard enough without worrying about what you like look while doing it, especially when our perception of what we look like is usually wrong and often counter-productive.

In short, focus on doing the movements correctly, slowly, first and then get video to see what it looks like. 
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Instruction & Coaching
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Ski Training and Pro Forums › Ski Instruction & Coaching › Speed Control- Especially in Crud