Originally Posted by Jave
I used to ski about 20 days a year for 10 years then stopped completely for about 8 years and now I just started again. I'm skiing on shaped skis for the first time and have done about 10 days now. I picked up carving fairly quickly and I think I'm decent at it.
I've noticed something that happens when I ski fast and doing quick aggressive turns that I'm not sure is supposed to happen if you're doing it properly. I find that I get pushed back so that I'm almost sitting back or at least leaning back a lot but I'm still in full control and can stop/turn whenever I want.
I'm self taught and have never taken a ski lesson but I keep reading that you're supposed to be leaning forward which seems nearly impossible because the forces are pushing me back at this speed.
I'm having a ton of fun and still feel like I'm in complete control so I'm not too worried about it but is this ok or should I be looking to do something differently?
Just a comment about balance. A mechanism for turning a straight ski is the pivot. We would feel pressure rise release it and turn . When we ski on shaped ski we use other mechanisms to turn that could , at times, include a pivot of some sort among so many other options available.
The use of that sense of pressure onto the modern ski will ,very possibly ,cause you to finish your turns with your feet in front of you as you will try to deal with the pressure late and the familiar pivot causing you to become very much aft in your finish. On a modern ski we will pressure the ski much earlier to engage sidecut, bend the ski and/or guide the skis to a turn shape we choose and then finish the turn with our feet underneath us by moving the feet back by manipulating our ankles in concert with our knees, hips and spine to find ourselves in a much more centered balance at our finish to enable a smoother transition to edge change and the birth of a new turn.
A static way to explore fore , aft and center on flat ground is to first start with a athletic stance and flex your ankles,hips, knees and spine to feel your hips moving vertically to the middle of your feet . Close your eyes while standing and move aft and feel what your body does in reacting to the feel of being on your heels. Then do the same feeling your self fore on the balls of your feet while focusing on what your muscles are doing to help you balance in an unbalanced state. Now with eyes still closed feel the heel and the balls (front) of your foot at the same time and flex yourself into that feeling of center. Rise and sink to explore these states of balance. You should now have an idea of what each feels like while not moving.
On skis make several turns while considering these balance states and what you feel in ski snow interaction and muscular actions to keep you upright. Do a series of aft turns, fore turns and centered turns and consider the differences. It is important to create awareness of these different balance states and how to use them to your advantage to get the most out of yourself and your equipment.
There are some great educational materials available to you to explore these concepts at your own pace with great guided discoveries. PM me and I will refer you to them for you to explore.
Good luck and good skiing to you