|Originally posted by Ken Koellner:
I was doing 360s with my intermediate school group last night. I tried to take notice of how was doing them myself-- Staying in a centered balance, rolling skis left on edge until switch(backwards) and then rolling them right. I noticed a couple things. I tend to make start the move mostly with just one ski (forget which one but think it was inside) and I tend to bring my skis very close together. Not sure if that's the best form.
So, how do you do 360s?
More importanly, how do you think Mr./Ms. Examiner wants to see 'em done in a Level II exam?
Ken I'm assuming this is all on the ground right? Not in air.
Do you skate at all?
It's not quite like skating where you pivot on the center of the skates - there's more edge on skis.
But the ideas the same. If Im going slow I exaggerate movements much more. Going faster its easier to 360.
I honestly can't relate it all in mechanical form but here's some tips:
1 Upweight to release your weight on the skis. Going really slow I even do a little hop
2. Yes on the keeping weigh in centre. If you're going slow then you can even lean backward just a tiny bit - to go from backward to forwards to try to not lose speed. Be careful about leaning backward too much. Don't blow an ACL there by leaning back too much. Play with balance on gradual slopes first before trying this with speed please!
3. Use your shoulders to help you initiate the turn. Use more should rotation the faster you want to spin around.
4. Wide stance is better than narrow stance. Shoulder-width when you finish; slightly more than shoulder-width when you start.
5. Crashing when riding switch can be hard on knees so work up to it.
6. I don't know about having the skis on edge. I try to keep them really quiet and flat.
BTW - making linked turns switch on teles is not easy. I think I figured it out finally but that's another topic
This is my first post about technique so please be gentle with criticism.