As your arc turns back across the falline the forces to the outside of the turn and gravity (from the slope) are more aligned and the outside leg is the primary thing keeping you from falling over to the outside of the turn. This direction of the momentum of your CM to the outside of the present turn (fyi: on a tangent to the arc modified by diagonal gravity effect of the slope) which just fortunately also happens to be toward the inside of the next turn. Cosmic? Maybe not, but way cool! Releasing the stance/balance leg's resistance (and edge) is the easiest way to ALLOW it (CM) to get there.
Note however, that if you cease arc'n and traverse at all that momentum becomes parallel to your angle of traverse and your "window of opportunity" to easily release into the next turn is lost. Gravity is all that is left and most skiers are not patient enough for just that so they have learned compensating movements to help it along somehow, like extending off the uphill leg to push CM across for example.
Teaching tip: Take advantage of linked turns that provide this energy flow benifit and potential vs. using turn-traverse-turn that requires each turn to started from scratch.
Sking is really quite simple, even easy, when we learn to use our tool-toys to set-up, and then manage the forces and energy avaliable to us. When we try to cause what we can simply allow however, we only make skiing a vicious cycle of complex compensating movements spawning additional complex compensating movements. Yuk! Gak!Pittuey!
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ February 27, 2002 07:31 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Arcmeister ]</font>