Weems & AK mike
My phraseology, "Sting the top of the turn"
is a reversal of float and sting paradigm of the old school slalom turn.
The hard part of the turn is in the lateral extension/ski flexion at the beginning of the turn. So Sting it. Get the ski bent before the fall line. You don't really float through the bottom of the turn, but you should already be extended. In a old school turn the extension was at the end of the turn at the same time as the G forces maxed out. That WAS the Sting. Slatz is right the edging forces are higher at the end of the turn. However the highest muscular force should be at the beginning of the turn. The end of the turn should be on extended legs moving to retraction. It's a eccentric (loaded) contraction so it still is muscular work.
The classic slalom float died with the deep (12M) sidecut skis. The turn shape more closely approximated the round line needed to smoothly carve through a slalom course. The old slalom skis skis carved, the turn shape just didn't match the shape of the course. Thus float/rotate re-direct.
The classic sting doesn't work any more either. If you sting (extend hard) at the end of the turn, you overload the shorties and its chatter city. You're slow, you're late and you're not gonna make the next gate. (Slalom haiku)
Cross over, Cross under, who cares, move your body down the hill and crush some gates.
Link to my post on re-direction. It still lives. (the coaching of this "technique" lives, my post appears quite dead). Some coaches think they are seeing too much roundness in their racers lines. So they are teaching re-direction as a technique. Duh. I teach straighter line with shorter, tighter turns. My racers learn re-direction but I don't teach re-direction.http://www.epicski.com/cgi-bin/ultim...c;f=4;t=001051[ April 27, 2002, 01:39 AM: Message edited by: NordtheBarbarian ]