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post #31 of 37

The Lord has small amounts of rocker. Are you perhaps expecting it to be quicker?  Maybe if you tried a slalom ski briefly and then went back it might adress the issues raised above. - or do railroad tracks and get used to how it carves.

post #32 of 37
Originally Posted by justanotherskipro View Post

Flexing the inside leg and taking pressure off the inside ski still allows him to use it as a crutch and avoid falling down. Which would allow him to keep using the bigger than necessary hip move. Pick up the inside ski (off the snow) and he will need to adjust the hip move just to avoid falling over to the inside of the turn. From there reprogramming the inside leg to move in a way that compliments what the outside ski is doing is very easy since he is already in a more balanced stance and able to focus on something other than not falling.

OK, so the weight is off the inside ski, and he's got all his weight on the outside ski.  

Two things (ok 3):

What movements does he make to adjust balance and "the hip move inside"?

What movements does he make to edge the ski?
post #33 of 37

I've said it a couple times already. E.

post #34 of 37
 CROSS get on slope that can afford you more speed or a ski that can afford more turn. Everything about those turns looks forced enough its hard to really judge whats going on.

you can make those wider skis turn well if not great you just need more hill. 

one thing I would really work on its taking the skiing back to the most basic lowest amount of dynamics form and work on always keeping your hips moving forward though the new turn. The Park and ride I see is something that is most likely always present regardless of how 'forced" everything else was. basically your hips should be driving forward always and they are not. You get forward and jsut try to stay there but in reality the minute you stop moving forward you lose power.
post #35 of 37

I've reread your posts, and yes, I see the answer to the "adjust balance and move the hip inside question" is to move the knee outwards and follow it.

I could not find a direct comment about edging the skis.  Was it that the tipping from the ankle needed the knee to be moved outwards?
post #36 of 37

Yup. Although I'd add that the whole body needs to participate in balancing, so the knee abducting is only a small part of developing a balanced inside half of the body. Which is usually where the kinetic chain idea confuses so many skiers. The body needs to be in a fairly well balanced stance for the inversion / eversion of the foot to have it's greatest effect.  As a release and re-engagement trigger it is a very useful tool but that doesn't mean rolling the ankles flat while the balance axis is still severely inclined. Perhaps the best verbal image I've heard concerning this is you need to be in the right zip code before you can worry about finding a specific address.
post #37 of 37

So on that note, Cross may have a issue with his boot alignment or stance or both.  

The knee mass should be above the foot and below the hip with feet hip width apart.  This is a standard alignment.  If Cross is aligned with his feet too wide apart, his stance will make it very difficult to tip the inside ski.  If Cross is not aligned at all, and is naturally knock-kneed, again, he will find it hard to tip the inside ski.  Finally, if he's not knock kneed, not aligned and has a stance that is too wide, his knee will remain on the inside and he won't be able to tip until he moves it outside.

I'd first simply suggest he narrow his stance so that he can effectively tip his foot without the need for actively rotating his inside knee into the turn.  As you know, that rotation of the knee into the turn is just what happens when you tip the feet and flex the knees.  The knee moves inside naturally, without conscious thought or desire.  That is the kinetic chain working properly.

It shows that there is no need to actively rotate that knee inward to enable the foot to tip.  It can be avoided by a sufficiently narrow stance -- hip width apart, and no more.

It also shows why boot alignment is critical.
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