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Getting "dynamic".

post #1 of 18
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I often hear instructors telling skiers to become more "dynamic". What do you think this means? How do you become dynamic?
post #2 of 18
one position, one type of turn, no matter what the slope = static

ability to adapt to the terrain = dynamic

with a trillion points of detail in between the two
post #3 of 18
I certainly wouldn't try to define dynamic but I think I can give an example. Gordy Pfeiffer recently wrote an article in Skiing (I think) on "sliding" (skidding) through the narrow steeps. This is certainly a "technique" we have all used at one time or other whether in a narrow chute or when skiing too fast (an individual thing) on the hardpack. I've seen may great skiers do this in tough terrain or at excessive speeds. The difference is that for some skiers this is accompanied by a loss of control. For the better skier, they can transition to a skid (abstem, etc.), use it, and then continue to more "stable" technique. Some people call this an ability to regain control. In many cases I think this is inaccurate, good skiers can "use" all sorts of moves and dynamically integrate them into their skiing for control (and sometimes survival). To me this type of dynamic integration of technique which is often required when skiing near the edge is one example of dynamic skiing. I doubt it is what most instructors are referring to, however.
post #4 of 18
Dynamic is constant motion, sometimes gross movement and sometimes fine adjustment.

When you are finished flexing in one turn, you should start extending for the next. Throughout the turn there is the fine adjustment in the fore/aft balance in the boot.

If someone starts to skid, and continues, they are not as dynamic. Dynamic would vary the pressure/edge/etc to get out of the skid.

Of course, understanding feedback from your body and not getting "locked tight" are advantages. Best way to learn dynamic is to constantly move. Do some runs lightly flexing/extending throughout all of the turn. Another run, playing with fore/aft balance. etc......

Another way is to go play in the crud. Don't always ski the good stuff.
post #5 of 18
Dynamic skiing is intense skiing. Vigorous short-radius turns, powerful and fast (as in forward speed) medium-radius turns, downhill racer long-radius turns are examples of dynamic skiing.
post #6 of 18
Looked it up in the dictionary:

Marked by energy and productive activity or change.
post #7 of 18
nolobolono, Webster rocks like, KISS

Just ski like Jean Claude Killy, he won 3 Olympic Gold Medals skiing Dynamic.....
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<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 15, 2002 10:44 PM: Message edited 2 times, by Arcmeister ]</font>
post #8 of 18
My last ski instructor (who was French) used dynamic pretty much as an antonym for cautious. A non-dynamic member of our group went slowly down steeper/icy parts of the slopes virtually stopping at the end of each turn. A 'dynamic' member of the group attacked the slope more aggressively but without totally losing control.
post #9 of 18
Constant "steering" of the skis with the initation at the ankles.

There are no "coffee breaks" between turns. This leaves you with a series of round linked turns of varying radius ..... they could be short swing or GS.
post #10 of 18
I'm not sure about this one.
I seem to remember when studying Mechanical Engineering there was a thing called thermo-dynamics.

My latin/greek is not that good, but doesn't "thermo" mean heat? (thermometer, thermostat, etc)

There's a lot of mechanics (I mean the principles, not the people!) behind skiing - binding springs, knee joints etc, so thermo-dynamics must come into it somewhere.

Now, if we take Frances' instructor's idea, a "dynamic" skier is one who skis agressively.

Does that mean that a thermo-dynamic skier is one that is sh!t hot?

Or did I skip too many classes at university?

post #11 of 18
Maybe you got misdirected on the way to the Irish Mist? :~)
post #12 of 18
Here is an analogy:

Step on a rear bumper of your car and try rocking your car up and down. Your motion has to be powerful, but smooth and well timed - dynamic. If you stop for a split second, become static you get out of rythm and unable to achieve the goal...

Skiing is pretty much the same. In order to make effortless turns you need to work as a pendulum, varying pressure on skis through the turn.

post #13 of 18
Much more fun rockin the car from the inside. Can be dynamic from that section of the car also!!

Do you rock the car from the outside a lot?
post #14 of 18
We want constant flow into the turn, moving with gravity rather than against it. But TOO dynamic in the sense of excessive motion is a waste of energy. Its a matter of learning which dynamics you want to apply in which situation, and to what degree.
post #15 of 18
Kneale: Sounds like the Irish Missed ...

VK: I did exactly as you said and I fully understand! Now, do you have any suggestions for getting scratches off the hood of my car? Those edges tore it up pretty bad. :
post #16 of 18
I think some of you guys need to get out skiing more....

I leave for just a couple days and now check back in, and I read all about getting in the back seat and pole plants, and now this discussion about about rocking the car from the inside, smooth, rhythmic motion, some Irish miss, .... Where will this end?

Ladies--I recommend studying the thread about keeping your feet together--I'm starting to think that, after all, it may not be such a bad idea....

I agree with Gonz--one position is not enough.

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #17 of 18
Bob, what have you been drinking?
And can I have some?

But you didn't really cover this topic - which is rare for you!
This topic is all about getting some action.

Have you been getting any lately?

post #18 of 18
P.S. Ladies, never listen to Bob. What does he know!

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