|Taking it back one frame, do you agree with his premise that good skiing needs to be instinctive, the body needs to rely on reflexes that inappropriate body movements will block and for all the wealth of physics and theory, in the end you have to relax and go with the flow. Artificial moves will not survive that sort of test.
Not entirely. There are some movements in good skiing that are not instinctive and must generally be taught. Movements such as lifting the foot to move forward and collapsing the inside leg forward at the ankle joint to move forward and start the turn initiation process. These movement patterns become the norm with practice and replace the instinctive movements.
|. But if this in your opinion is fairly advanced stuff, how do you introduce the basic flexion-extension concepts to intermediates without having them step up onto one ski or the other, in which case we are still faced with which one? Does it matter if they step onto the wrong one? Bev says it does.
First off understand that I believe there are equipment problems preventing people from really getting in the front seat and offensively skiing in 97+ precent of all skiers.
Most skiers are not well balanced in their boots fore and aft or are in a poor stance boot for them. This makes it hard to find the front seat no matter what they do. Correct here first.
Second, ski manufacturers know that 99% of all skiers ski defensively and are back. They manufacture skis to be skied in an offensive matter but ship them marked for defensive skiing. The shops are told to mount the skis using the mark lines, the approriated binding jigs and the boot center marks. This puts the skier in the perfect position on the ski to drive it effectively from the back seat. The result is that it is very difficult for skiers of average athletic ability to get far enough forward to really engage the tips of the skis and make them turn effortlessly into the fall line. The mounting position has all but guaranteed defensive back seat skiing.
The results from this equipment when trying to convert to offensive skiing is hanging on the fronts of the boots or, excessive tip lead or, excessive forward extension or, lots of speed and momentum with banking. Any way you look at it a big movement is needed to engage the tips that is un natural.
Moving the bindings forward so the skier is truely over the sweet spot allows for a much more natural forward movement to engage the tips in an offensive manner. Volkl and Atomic and Soloman are the worst offenders of the ski market.
These equipment problems are far more limiting to the average recreational skier than they are to the more athletic types with more flexibility.
Once these equipment problems are addressed, its pretty easy to get skiers to lift the toes lightly, flex the ankles lightly and just tip the whole body towards the front of the skis like you are going to tip from a flat cat track over the edge. Its effortless if the correct fore and aft balance is achieved. Once the forward tipping motion is started its pretty easy to flex the new insided ankle just a bit more and collapse the new inside leg forward just a bit. The weight moves inside and everything about you're body is headed in the right direction into the new turn. Roll both feet into the turn and you're off. The forward tipping is progressive all the way to the fall line and then it reverses. All the tipping does is allow you're body to keep up with the skis. Its suprisingly simple once you are really equipment wise, balanced fore and aft. No big movements are required and defensive skiing subsides naturally.
Everyone I have gotten to follow this advice and find center balance is amazed at the results. Jennie Thoren has known this about less athletic women for years. Women aren't that different they are generally less agressive and athletic.
My own bindings are mounted about 7cm ahead of where a manufacture would recommend that I mount them for alpine and 4 cm ahead of normal mounting for tele. I have poor ankle flex and this blances me nicely.