Originally Posted by Carl R
When it's steep like in the MA, there's more dynamic to it, but when it becomes shallower, like a red slope or an easy black diamond I'm probably quite static during much of the turn. At least it felt like it when I did some freeskiing after practicing GS yesterday in yxbacken.
I think that park and ride happens more often in not so steep conditions, and this is where you can really work to be more dynamic. Extend heaviliy into the turn, inclination, agressive and progressive angulation, counter rotation, flexing a lot at the end of the turn. I think this is quite fun, even on transports its possible to make quite sharp turns. You can even pick up speed in this way. In these conditions its not possible to be edge a lot in a static stance, because the centripetal force is not large enough.
When things get steeper and faster you can edge alot with a static stance, because there is no lack of centripetal force. DH is a good example of this. Biomechanically they could edge more by angulating, but there is no way they could handle the forces that would be involved. Like your 180 turns in steeps, when you have reached the max you cannot do anything more so you become static for a while. No problem with that.
When I hear the term park and ride I think of a beginner going from one static position to the next in a not-so-steep groomer. I also think of these people taking it to the steeper slopes, and the result is shallow turns or skidding.
I think that weight distribution is key to park and ride. A typical park and ride will start off the turn with 50-50 and then as the turn progresses the weight will naturally transfer to the outer ski somewhat. In a good dynamic turn you start of with 100% on the outer ski and try to transfer more weight onto the inner as the turn progresses.