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post #31 of 34
Just my impression, but it seems to me that if you want to change the arc of a CARVED turn it would be done by increasing the edge angle and bending the ski more (pressure.) I don't think I steer my inside ski in a carved turn. I change the angle of the inside ski by tipping the leg to the little toe side. I tend to use steering when I want to make a shorter/quicker turn than what my skis could carve even with high edge
angles and a lot of pressure. I use more steering in bumps, chutes, and powder
post #32 of 34
My thoughts on PMS are that women often use this as an excuse to harass their husbands and then they..... oh.... never mind.
post #33 of 34

Actually, you can change the arc of a carved turn by steering. I'm not completely sure of how the physics behind it works, but it seems like the tips of the skis become much more willing to "go that way" when you help them along a bit. And it makes a huge difference in shorter turns where there is a small amount of skidding going on, as opposed to a pure, pencil line carve, where it has some effect, just not as much.

Maybe it's sort of like two cars going around a corner at speed. One with a soft suspension, and one with a stiff suspension. The car with the soft suspension will "push" toward the outside of the turn more making it harder to control through the turn. By adding rotational (steering) forces to the turn, we point our knees and feet more in the direction of the turn, leading the skis into the turn, as opposed to letting the skis lead you. It seems like, by steering, the skis will flex more evenly and naturally, and therefore, be able to shorten the arc.(??)

any other thoughts?
post #34 of 34
Pierre eh! I understand what you are saying. I believe when I start my turns I am thinking more of tipping and guiding the inside leg than applying rotary force. Maybe guiding and steering are the same thing, I'm not sure. When I am carving narrow line arcs in high speed turns and I want to change that arc, without skidding, I roll the edge over farther and extend/pressure my outside ski more. I don't have anything against steering and use it all the time in other situations.

It seems that if you took something straight and tipped it on edge (and you couldn't bend it) on a slope in the snow, it would go straight until it hit something or was deflected. If you took a curved object and did the same thing, it would track in the arc prescribed by the sidecut. It seems like changing the arc, without any skidding, could only be accomplished by bending it more (higher edge angle and more pressure.)
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