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Lateral vs. Vertical

post #1 of 7
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Hey all. I'm cooling my heels in a snowless SD, racking my brain and trying to come up with creative ways to keep my skiing in order. I'm in SD, but still pursuing a Trainers' Accred. in the Rocky Mt. Region.

I'm becoming tired of skiing easy, short groomies, but they are all I have. I tend to release edges with a vertical "pop" rather than lateral, and I try to work on it, but the same old series of exercises are getting old. What do you guys do to work on this? Remember, I'm pretty bored, so I'll try anything just to keep from bouncing off the walls!!!

Talk atcha laters,
Spag :
post #2 of 7
One ski turns are hard to release with a pop.

I learned a cool cue today: raise the inside hip to tip early at the start of the turn.

Try a weighted release of the old outside/new inside ski, moving to the new outside ski at the fall line.

Just a few ideas for you, Spag, with condolences on the conditions.
post #3 of 7
Sounds like time to play with some retraction turns (I love playing with opposites in training and teaching). Here's a sequence we played with in T/A training last week.

Draw three lines down a very gentle slope about 2 to 3 feet apart. With skis off, run (try this at 12,000 ft at 8 in the morning) down the center line in a fairly flexed position and extend you legs to each of the outer lines before you let them come back across. Focus on keeping you mid section level, head up, hands out in front and let the legs really extend out to the side. Don't be afraid to look stupid and fall.

Now go to some blue groomers and mentally draw the same three lines (farther apart for sure) and repeat the process. Make sure as your mid section moves across the center line it stays level as opposed to the rising arc of an extension turn (legs being short, long, short in extension). My key thought was my mid section was in a tunnel and couldn't go any higher so my legs had to go out to the side. Also make sure the center of your body is firm allowing the legs to be more supple.

Next try some turn sequences with 6 to 8 turns extension turns then switch to retraction turns.

When this seems to work try some 50/50 turns-to one side extend the legs long thru the arc of the turn, on the other side make them short. Then shift the short and long sides.

If you can find any easy bumps try some garlands with a focus on being retacted on the top of the bump.

Hope these help.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ February 14, 2002 08:00 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Ski&Golf ]</font>
post #4 of 7
I like the ACTIVITIES in S&G's lines progression, but I find that if I'm trying to mentally visualize lines it messes up my thought process on doing the activities in the right timing.

My version would be to try to feel maximum edge pressuring while the skis are in the fall line. Then be sure I'm extending when the pressure is greatest. It's also essential that I keep the torso in a relaxed upright position. It's really easy while thinking about the delayed extension to let the upper body tip away from the feet.
post #5 of 7
I use a "flex/release" garland to introduce the flex/extend timing change.

On green terrain (so you move slowly and deliberatly), steep traverse, start max tall on edges, FLEX legs & roll feet to release edges allowing tips to drop into the falline, then extend as you roll feet back on edge and turn back to traverse. Starting max tall precludes "pop" as the only direction to go is down. Fan to shallower traverse (more across falling) that will require more "down and across" release to falline. Make movements slow and deliberate (perceptual). Fan angle back to steeper and cross the falline with a complete turn (no longer a garland) reinforcing focus of "down and across" and extending AFTER edge change against new edges. Graduate terrain and work on going from falline turns to rounder turns. Once feeling is there, start a run by deliberatly "popping" the first two turns, then switiching to "down & across" to create a old/new contrast and put a booby trap alarm on the popping habit. Do laps with quality focus (and awareness of whether you've chosen new or old movement by default). Get some smilage.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ February 15, 2002 05:57 AM: Message edited 3 times, by Arcmeister ]</font>
post #6 of 7
Try this at home. Lean against a wall or door with your hip. Your feet should be a few feet away from your body and apart. From the hips up your body is vertically aligned and your feet and legs are extended outward.

From that position is is almost impossible to "pop" vertically as you say. Practice pushing with the outside leg and you'll feel what a lateral extension feels like.

I frequently do this with an upper level class outside. Have them take their skis off and lean against each other and push each other. It's amazing how much power you can generate from this position.

post #7 of 7
Still have that "pop" eh? Try reverse pavlovian shock therapy! Or tape a picture of Joe Webster grinning into your goggles...maybe a tape recording of LuckyRu's snarky sniggering and off the wall slams....that should motivate you to go lateral and quit with the cuckoo clock spinal adjustment.
"Doctor,Doctor it hurts when I do this!"
"Then don't do that" Simple really!
You got some great stuff from the crew, but you know what to do. Howz bizness? We will miss you at the Edwin clinic!! Luv to the mrs.!
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