|Originally posted by Jonathan:
Here is a way I explain shin contact (ala Carol Levine), Lift your foot and ski off the snow. Dorsiflex (ankle) the forefoot up. There will be a certain amount of pressure between the shin and the boot cuff. That is the amount to try and ski with, and dynamically maintain that degree of contact.
Also when skiing have the foot dorsiflex to get flexion in the ankle, rather than driving the knee forward to get the ankle to flex.
This method of gaining ankle flexion will do many wonderful things for your skiing; creates a gaiting reflex that works on your inside leg. It allows you to adjust degree, intensity, duration of flexion; creates a dynamic tension between opposing muscle groups in the outside leg, aiding balance and power; Stabalizing the knee joint, which can minimize chance of injury; tends to bring the feet under the hips; minimizes lead change, (inside ski traveling too far ahead during the turn); you will connect your feet to your core, and your body to the snow and direction of travel.
Is this what pulling the feet back does, i.e. dorsiflexes the ankle? I'm trying to put this in motion while sitting in my chair (wish I could do it for real!), and that's what it's feeling like. Otherwise, lifting the foot and ski off the snow seems like I'd be back on my skis.
The "pulling the feet back" move that Pierre (and others) described in such wonderful detail a year or so ago seemed to make a big difference in my skiing.
Thanks for the great tips!