Attended ESA Big Sky last year and Robin Barnes gave us a drill to roll our ankles on and off our ski poles which were on the floor. Giving us some feedback on the feeling of rolling the ankles.
Last week skied some pretty steep moguls and got to the bottom and was not happy at all with my skiing. Skis not always parrallel, not matched, even some stemming. Went back up and skied again and only thought of rolling ankles to tip the skis/to turn. Skied much better, did 3 more runs (wore myself out) and liked the feel and the results which was no stemming, more parrallel skis and just flat better line, not any park and ride etc.
Questions. Are there different degrees of tipping? Example (Maybe?):
Groomed Run-Blue-Med Radius = tip early and smoothly ?
" " Short Radius = tip early and more dynamically?
Steep Moguls = Tip on time and more dynamically
Powder = tip modeerately and have some patience to start turn?
GarryZ mentiioned not using my hips to tip but use ankles without a lot of hip. Makes sense to me. The above mogul exercise I did the other day probably had a lot of hip in the turns. Although I am sure my first real try at rolling my andles to turn was not real good, it sure felt good. Liked the positive response feedback I got from my feet and skis. Hope I am on the right track.
MY QUESTION. Does any of the above make sense? Can you give me some way (KISS) to refine this movement/feeling?
I should probably add that while doing this I was only thinking of rolling my ankles, not thinking about weighting/unweighting, pressuring downhill ski, big toe-little toe or anything else for that matter (except of course where I was headed) Obviously this turn and me need a lot of work, just wanted to see if i COULD get some feedback on YES continue etc.
Me. Old fart, 5'11 194 skiing 40yrs, ski almost anything sometimes good sometimes not so good. Intermediate +- !