Effective turn initiation appears to be the goal of the previous lengthy discussion.Rather than respond specifically to the previous discussion I would rather suggest that you try the following activities, which are both active and static in practice and which outcome should produce a clean, crisp turn initiation when movement patterns are correct. First: Stand in front of a full length mirror in ski boots and shorts. Open your stance say 18" to 24" wide.Then relax or collapse either leg, which leg represents the outside leg at the end of one turn.Be sure NOT TO MOVE any other body part.Be partcularly focused on NOT compensating in some other movement pattern ie-upper body movement,which will offset the release of the collapsing leg. The result is that your CM should fall across and in the direction of the outside or downhill ski.Carefully observe yourself in the mirror many times so that you're sure that NO other movements have occured.Now add to this a movement of that same legs' knee into the direction of flow that you want to go. This will assist the collapsing leg and make it more active in the directional change. Now take all of these movements onto in-line skates and replicate them on a road with a gentle downhill slope. If you're moving corectly you will begin to feel very similar biomechanical patterns. At first it's a little uneasy on skates. If your leaning at all you may not be able to recover easily. This should be done with a slow moving medium radius turn shape until you feel solid on your feet.When you become more stable in your movements, then shorten the turn shape and quicken the pace, of each turn. You should now begin to feel the effects of independent foot to foot movements with each turn. Finally your ready for snow. Now take it out on the hill on SNO-BLADES and again replicate the same movements. It will feel a little uneasy again until you gain confidence in the movements on snow. By this time your stance should be remaining quite open with independent leg action and clean movements into the new turn whether it's a medium radius cross-over or a short radius cross-undertype turn, the foot to foot movements and collapsing leg action should not change. One final note: If collapsing the outside leg doesn't work for you then try actually pulling the leg upward, but only enough to lighten it thereby allowing the CM to actively move across the outside ski. Good Luck.
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9/27/01 at 10:53pm