|Originally posted by KeeTov:
wear the fox hat
Hart ski meant for Giant slalom skiing
Right about Hart. I'm not so sure about GS. They never had a racing presence.
Two wonderful Swiss guys, Art Furrer and Roger Staub, first popularized them in a Roger Brown movie called "The Magic Skis". They did wonderful tricks on the skis, and I think the javelin turn may have first been seen in that.
A sort of a sequel to that was "Ski the Outer Limits", which to me is the best ski movie ever made. I believe it came out in either 1967 or 68, and it broke all the barriers. I believe that it had a seminal influence on freestyle and, in addition to Furrer and Staub, it starred Susie Chaffee, Tom LeRoi, and Hermann Goellner. The latter two did wonderful, incredible flips (for the time). Furrer and Staub brought a sense of joy and delight to trick skiing that got all of us turned on.
I guess Furrer is running his hotel in Switzerland. Staub, the first Ski School Director of Vail, and 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist in GS, was lost to all of us in a hang-gliding accident.
I think the turn teaches balance and keeps the hips from rotating. I don't teach it because it is one of those examples of the drill being harder than the goal.
But it was fun to do as a form of expression in the 70's