<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Actually would it not involve reaching "out" to clear the gate to the inside, i.e. not crossblocking?
Right you are, Norefjell! My comment that clearing the gate involves reaching "in" comes from the thought that reaching your arm in front of your body is "reaching in" and reaching out to the side is "reaching out." But you are correct that it is the inside arm of the turn reaching toward the outside of the turn, when it reaches across in front of the body to clear the gate. Thanks for the correction!
LH--I'll get back to you via e-mail. I've been away at Winter Park for a couple days, so I've gotten a little behind here at EpicSki--as well as everything else! Talk to you soon.
Arcmeister--great post about the cause-effect chain that can result from inappropriate cross-blocking (12/6 9:07 am). For what it's worth, I agree with you that many kids unfortunately receive less-than-adequate coaching. I've seen more than a few coaches out there giving extremely questionable technical advice. But even if they are giving sound technical advice, they should work on developing the fundamentals of good turns with discipline, before they allow the kids to cross-block and cause such problems in their technique.
Good discussion, everyone.
I will add that this time--at Winter Park--I DID have the privilege of having Deb Armstrong join my group. Besides being an extraordinary athlete (obviously), Deb remains a passionate student of the sport, and now of the art of teaching it. It was a great pleasure to ski with her. She is a credit to the sport, and to the profession of ski instruction. And her enthusiastic participation is a strong endorsement of the validity of what we are doing.
I mentioned this discussion at EpicSki, and she was intrigued that such a difference would be perceived. She did say that when she was growing up and focusing on her racing, she sometimes played around with the exercises and drills that her parents (both ski instructors) did. She said she wasn't always clear, at that time, about the relevance of those drills. But now she recognizes the importance of the fundamental skills in skiing--skills she probably once developed and employed quite unconsciously.
Deb also expressed shock at the relative inability of many of today's young racers to perform such fundamental drills as "pivot slips"--drills that don't appear to resemble "ski racing," but that develop--and showcase--some extremely important skiing skills.
More snow in the Colorado Rockies! The skiing is finally becoming excellent. Mary Jane at Winter Park has mid-winter-like snow, and some extremely good bumps on "Gandy Dancer" and some of the other other great trails. If anyone has had doubts about the conditions, let me assure you--it's time to wax your skis and start playing!
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 07, 2001 09:27 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Bob Barnes/Colorado ]</font>