|Originally posted by nolo:
I don't know your opinions.
Do we extend to release or to engage the edges? Can it be both?
Yes it can be both. Depends on the type of turn, and the level of ability of the skier.
Straightening the legs can flaten the skis, releasing the old turn in low speed open parallel turns, or for that matter, in the first wedge turns which is where I try to introduce it. With low level skiers, this timing of the extention movement seems the easiest to do and learn. Once learned, the timing and duration of this move can then be used and moved into more of the turn and given a different focus.
For me it is definetly an active movement, even if it is done intuitevely without thinking about execution.
Moving to more dynamic turns, active extention of the inside leg can still release the old turn and engage the edge of the new outside ski through loading of the foot and the movements this creates in the foot. This is accompanied with a flexing of the other leg and the CoM moves across the skis.
Also I would add to the other comments that the extention is not just done in the knee it is a combination of ankle, knee and hip extending and/or flexing at the same time, otherwise we may leave our butt behind.
Of course the blending of all the skills is most important.
Nolo, lets here from you. How do you see it?