Originally Posted by BigE
This movement is not waist-steering. It's an increase of pressure. The heel carve IS lateral. The foot only slides a couple inches, from ball of foot to heel. This is more like a "sting" or "putting a period" on the end of the turn.
Don't worry about maintaining cuff pressure. You'll be opening the ankle joint.
OK. Let me strap on a life jacket, prepare to miss the boat, and flounder.
Let me use (or at least try to use, but perhaps mis-remember) terminology similar to Ron LeMaster's in Ultimate Skiing (transition, initiation, control phase) and try to break this down so I can understand both what is supposed to happen, and when:
1. During initiation, or at least by or at the start of the control phase (pressured edge, carving the turn, after any pivoting of the ski/feathering) I pull the inside foot back and I'm pressuring both front boot cuffs.
2. I pass the apex of the turn.
3. After passing the apex of the turn but while still carving in the control phase and finishing the turn, I accelerate the (then) outside ski by the kick the can move, which is not
driving the outside hip forward, but rather opening up (extending, reducing flexion) of the outside ankle joint and slight extension of the knee, sliding the outside ski forward. This is different than the natural finishing the turn on the whole foot or heel, which is a transfer of CoM toward (but not into!) the back seat.
(Because the mechanism of kick the can is independent of hip position, whether the skier is strongly countered or not countered or skiing into counter or resolving counter to get more square to the skis, the kick the can move can be used. Fiddling around with this on dry land it seems just as easy to use while countered.)
4. After that, I go into the transition (the subject of many other threads: how many ILEs can topple at the head of going into the next turn....We won't hijack that here.)
Am I vaguely close?
Your comment that it puts the sting at the end of the turn suggests that perhaps part of what goes on is to pressure the outside ski's tail at the end of the turn (an outside-ski only version of slightly juicing the tails) to continue to carve a tight turn while also accelerating the outside ski (which will have a little natural tip lead as it becomes, after transition, the inside ski and we go into the next turn.) Is that correct?
Finally, I'm not sure I understand your phrase "the heel carve is lateral". It's not pushing the tails out to get them to skid. (Heaven forbid. The ski hill already has plenty of that, away from the gates.) Instead, the heel carve tightens the turn (and thus contributes to moving the skier laterally), but the mechanism is an outside ski fore-and-aft weight shift caused by pushing the outside ski forward in relation to the CoM. Yes?