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Bizarre style

post #1 of 9
It sounds a bit like a beginners exercise I learned in Austria a few years back (although I never did it with my legs stuck together).
Basically it is about finding your balance. You maybe do a run like that, then possibly one with your arms pointing straight up. It was to help find a neutral position on the skis, or something like that. It also helps with getting your whole body to make turns, and not relying on pole plants.
Now, as Nolo, Ziggy and others will attest, since I spent a lot of my early ski lessons learning how to ski without poles, I now find that using them can be difficult - I have to think about it, rather than it coming naturally.
post #2 of 9
That's your fault though Fox - you shouldn't have tried to stab all those poor little children with them. You were warned what would happen.... Shame on you.

ho ho ho!

On a serious note (probably a middle c as that's obviously the most serious note) I have never done the skiing thing with the arms except when I was bored and trying to ski slowly for my folks so just playing! Perhaps not the most helpful of answers but I am afraid that's just the kind of guy I am!! I'll leave the sensible answers to those prone to analysis!
post #3 of 9
The Austrians do a lot of hand and arm things intended partly, as Fox says, to help with finding your center and being balanced on your feet. Having the legs locked together, however, usually is NOT a part of this routine. It MIGHT be done with legs together as an exercise to demonstrate how holding the legs together diminishes balance. But I wouldn't expect to see a student being directed to do that for more than just part of a run.
post #4 of 9
One year on the last day of lessons in Saalbach I was coming down last in the group, with the instructor (young, female & Swedish) and we took these exercises to a different level, doing the actions to YMCA with our poles above our heads.
The most difficult is the C, as you end up off balance, but that's not a problem when you have someone beside you to support you...
post #5 of 9
>>>Not a single sharp movement, or any movement at all really, just wide, airplane-like turns. What on earth is this? Some old relic from a bygone era? A European thing, perhaps?<<<

superplexity, you have just witnessed a skier doing the Mambo, and he has to be a pretty hot skier when skiing in an orthodox style. It isn't that easy to do.

It simply is beautiful show skiing and is done best within sight of a chair full of ooohh-ing and aaahh-ing young things. Works like fly paper

On another run you may see that skier making Royal Christies, graceful turns on the outside edge with one foot up in the air,ski bottom to the sky, arms extended fully to the side, for all to see.

That's how we play [img]smile.gif[/img]

post #6 of 9
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Bizarre style

While riding the chairs at Whistler over the past week, on a handful of occasions, I witnessed an especially strange form of skiing I'd never seen before: cruciform skiing. People standing nearly bolt upright, feet locked together, with their arms extended straight out from their sides at 90 degree angles, making slow, sweeping turns down corduroy. Not a single sharp movement, or any movement at all really, just wide, airplane-like turns. What on earth is this? Some old relic from a bygone era? A European thing, perhaps? I can't imagine why anyone would want to ski this way, as it's strange looking and impractical for anything other than the most immaculately groomed cruisers. I must admit, though, these people had some grace in a feather tumbling through the air sort of way. Is this a known style, or was I just watching a few people's rough attempts at stylish skiing, uninformed by any instruction?
post #7 of 9
woot woot this is a troll woot woot

I think you either saw, or read
Distinctive Skiing by that wierdo from tahoe (a tape and book from the 80s)

Bill somebody or 'nother

a few of his "rules"

- Never let light show between the feet and legs (langes are poor boots for this reason, salomon sx 90s are much better)

- Never bend your knees unless absolutely necessary!

- Keep your arms & elbows as high as you can at all times! (pole dragging is the venereal disease of skiing)

- Use as much of the slope as you can, ski from one side of the slope to the other. Don't rush down the hill like those "piston-pumping-fall-line-thrashers" (instructors) or "belly-benders." (racers)

woot woot

Or maybe they did. I wish I could have been there. I have only seen one distinctive skier in my whole life but it was only for 5 turns or so (I was also on the chair) I so wanted to follow him around. Even if not for very long.
post #8 of 9
LOL Roto
you can come to greece and see a lot of people
doing this kind of skiing..
specially the people that they believe they know
very good skiing hahahah!
but if you blow one from them, it will fall under
begad! I do not have no problem with homosexuals but,
with my friends, we call this "the g..y stile of skiing.."
usually this persons wearing the last word of fashion, and look with scorn all the other skiers and snowboarders..
this skiing really sucks.
post #9 of 9
Happy New Year y'all,

Adding to Fox's YMCA thing. One never knows the ouside limit of their balance in any given movement or situation until that limit is reached. Usually on your downhil arse and shoulder. I was in an exam doing level III sideslips when I found my limit onto the downhill edges - ouch One should intentionally and fearlessly (ha) find those limits to have a good basis for expanding that limit.

In the exercise related above (I ass-u-me that it was an exercise or some playful repeat of a comfortable exercise) the next step, in a class situation, should've been to do the same thing in different positions. With kids, old enough to understand, I have them ski like turtles and giraffes, like crucifixes and then their representation of any type of shape. In the end it's about getting comfortable and trusting (there's that word again!) moving downhill. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

There is a whole world to explore. We should enjoy it all without the concioius mind going yikes. [img]graemlins/angel.gif[/img]

[ December 31, 2003, 06:29 PM: Message edited by: ziggyskier ]
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