These are short radius turns down a medium steep pitch (lower MacTavish at Sugarbowl), Firm pack snow. The attempt is to keep the turns in a 10-15 ft corridor
|Hands up, extended in front of your goggles. Look at the backs of your thumbs. - AlaskaMike|
|Originally posted by TomB:
Anyway, that is the opinion of an amateur. I have seen dchan ski and this video does not give him justice!
|I often hear race coaches throw this out to people with little experience in racing and whom never achieve any sort of high edge angles. It makes no sense at all to me since you really have to be cranking with your body well inside, your skis very edged, and a fair amount of force being produced to have your hands in front of your face. It's really an advanced racing position at the bottom of the turn only. (Unless downhill or SuperG)
The usual upshot I see is that these people drift down the course in a skid looking like Frankenstein on the loose.[/QB]
|Originally posted by dchan:
it's much easier to make the same size turns on a shallow pitch, but on the hill where I was (steep), with the hard pack (speed gets away from me : ) this was the result.
I was watching the demo team tryouts and as I watched them, they are also "throwing snow" down the hill however still doing them much better than myself. Is this a symptom of trying to ski a turn much smaller than the radius of the side cut on the ski?
|Originally posted by Roto:
Well, the criteria we use in the NW is 1/2 to 3/4 a packer width. that leaves room for some pretty long short radius turns. It looks like you could stretch them just a bit and be o.k. Doing so could help you make the changes you need in your movement pattern, but it alone won't do it.