I'm repeating this (from another post) because I just back today from a skier development clinic where I used it again with great success and it applies to the question of how to get students to do it.
I start trying to develope in the students an awareness that we can move much more quickly from a position of opposing (agonistic?) muscular tension than we can from a passive, relaxed state.
I have them experience this by having them stand on flat terrain, passivly tipped on left, or right, edges (poles planted wide to each side for stability). Ask them to quickly change edges as much as possible. Then get in front of them and press your hands down on their ski tips as they activly roll (torque) their feet/skis onto edge and then, to again quickly change edges as much as possible. They not only feel a much quicker result, but greater range of edge angle change as well, because of rebound effect both from muscles, and torsional stiffness of skis. I call this the snap-roll exercise.
(Note: prior to this point they have been introduced to and practiced releasing the new inside ski first and could do fair railroad tracks with this order of movement.)
I first have them attempt the snap-rolls on flatter terrain where they are comfortable carving clean railroad tracks. After the above rebound snap-roll exercise, start in falline edging strongly with the feet and standing strongly TALL against their edges as they begin to arc, then quickly flex down and across while snap-rolling the feet over onto the new edges and extending against them as they begin to arc. One of my students called the down and across move "sucking them up" so I adopted it to describe that movement.
The immediate result is a much quicker, and cleaner, transition with the skis re-engaging and working for them on much higher edge angle, much sooner. While getting some practice runs progressively notching up the terrain we reinforce the focus of extending the duration of foot rolling torque (follow thru) to produce more complete round turn shapes.
Next we applied this new early engagement to learning to more aggressivly carve right out of the transition into the top of the arc using railroad track type garlands. Goal is to try to match the FEEL of the easier clean carve out of the falline with a snap-roll engage and carve back into the falline. Fan this process from more in the falline to more angled across it, reinforcing the down and across snap-roll effect.
When this is applied to their skiing they will get a quicker, more complete release/edge change and are engaged onto a higher edge, sooner, in the new turn. This happens because the edges change more from a rolling of the feet and less by rotary tail displacement in part due to the minimizing of the time spent in the flat ski pivot zone. Additional benifit is from the legs releasing tension and allowing CM to move across more quickly and directly to inside of new turn. We focused on keeping shin boot contact thru this release process by moving diagonally forward and across.
Next is where I plugged the above mentioned foot sweeper exercise (at top of a blue run just before skiing down) and used that image/feeling to create flow and rounder turn shape to power thru the slop we were skiing in today.
P.s. Todays group started out mostly skiing using more up-unweighted, re-directed, turn initiations resulting in edge engagement after the falline and more to less skidded, not so round turn shapes. They all ended the day with earlier edge engagement, well before the falline. All were arc'n the greens and a couple of them were able to create really clean medium radius twin ski arcs on blues.
Everyone really enjoyed the extra stability and power of being able to carve thru the heavy wet slush. (it has been 40+ in mid-west for the last week, help! think snow! we're melting!)
Enjoy the toy... [img]tongue.gif[/img]
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 27, 2002 08:51 PM: Message edited 2 times, by Arcmeister ]</font>