PhilT you are not nuts...you just dont know what great skiing looks like.
Those guys are showing PERFECT fore/aft balance.
Skiing happens in 3D not 2D. I have explained this concept at nauseam on this board. Look it up. Ron LeMaster explains it well in his book.
Remember, Clinic leaders simplify skiing into a 2D world for rookie instructors...this works for beginner to intermediate skiers, because they ski at low to moderate speeds on low to moderate slopes...crank the speed, or pitch and that 2D model crashes and burns...becuase the simplfying assumption no longer holds true...skiing is now full on 3D.
Look at any WC racer entering the transition you will see the same thing.
For those interested and looking for a hint look up "virtual bump"...then combine that with powder....and you get the action seen in those shots to create perfect "fore/aft" balance. NOTE also that this postion changes throught the turn....fore/aft
balance MOVES it is not static...those shots are all taken at the end of the turns entering transition...perfect....the shots a second or two later at turn intiation would show a very different fore/aft postion...dont understand how you go from back to forward? look up transitions, and converging diverging COM and BOS concepts...I have explaned that lots too as does R. LeMaster.Edited by Skidude72 - 9/14/09 at 12:15am