Originally Posted by bud heishman
We could "maintain tension and unwind slowly" OR not use a blocking pole plant allowing the upper body to move toward realignment with the feet as apposed to the feet moving toward the torso OR we could tip the skis (twist n tip) on an early edge and extend aggressively against the new platform rather than allowing flatter skis to pivot. There are probably more options but these come to mind at the moment.
Bud, those aren't really other options, they're just execution elements of how you unwind slowly. Whether you gently rotate you body toward your feet, or simply wait for your skis to carve or steer gently back to your body, the important point is that the rotational reunion has happened progressively, without a pivoting of the feet. Not using a blocking pole plant is one of the things you do to make a pivot free gradual unwinding easier to do. So is keeping an engaged ski through the transition.
The whole process is a high skilled endeavor, not well suited to the lower skilled skier struggling to shed a chronic pivot. Thus my point: don't unnecessarily challenge the student by putting them in a position which works against the thing they're trying to achieve.
Translation, steering via femurs rotating in the hip sockets is a dead end formula for helping a skier shed their chronic pivot. Femurs rotating in hip sockets, accompanied with the suggestion of keeping upper body facing down the falline, generally produces more counter than is needed for the turn being executed, and results in an anticipated position during the transition that auto powers a pivot in all but the most skilled of skiers who intentionally attempt to avoid it. Edited by Rick - 11/5/09 at 12:41am