Simon- Great! it's feeling more than knowing. I'll get in trouble for that one! [img]smile.gif[/img] ithink the guys here know what I'm trying to say. We know what to do, but it becomes a feeling when we can do it without having to think about it. I.e. 'making it our own'.
Michael, me ski school director and basically my mentor now, mentioned from time to time about making the uphill leg shorter. This basically moves the uphill ski away from the downhill ski for more stability, automatically. I found it doesn't take much, and it moves the uphill ski just a few inches. He calls it getting the uphill leg shorter. I'm still working on understanding this. I do it but I'm not sure what the hell I'm doing to achieve it! Maybe I'm bending my uphill knee a bit. Perhaps someone here can explain it better than I'm doing here! I do it, but I don't think I'm saying it right.
Last Sat. Michael started us out with some basic skating. I thought to myself, "Uh-oh!" i can skate, but I've always had trouble skating withouit expending a lot of energy and not being able to stay on one ski for very long. I knew I was doing something wrong but didn't know what! I watched Mike and saw his excellent, clean tracks... one here, one there, etc. I looked at mine. They weren't too bad, but I was tossing some snow here and there... not very clean. Mike had me look at mine... snow toss and fairly straight. Then he had me look at his... clean and each one slightly curved. he said to get forward more and hold it. BINGO! Instant sucess! Clean, slightly curved tracks, and staying on one ski with good balance! Very simple fix.
We sometimes forget the simplest and easiest things, don't we? I had always thought that I was too hunched over. So, I tried working on staying more upright. (being overweight I look like a damned butterball going down the hill anyway! [img]smile.gif[/img] ) Being so upright just tossed me in the backseat without knowing it. My skiing was ok except for certain times which need more of staying forward, a slight fine tuning which I wasn't doing. I'd get into trouble and have to work my butt off to get back forward again.
Now I understand what one PSIA woman said once, that watching one's skating can tell you a lot about their edge control ability which entails staying forward.
So when the guys here say... get forward, they mean it. Sometimes it is slight adjustment.
Now this may sound silly, but I noticed last week the following:
When we were doing that drill I talked about above, traverse across and stop. Then turn around and do it the other way. I'm standing still and noticed that to turn the other way I'd plant the downhill pole, unweight or 'pop', come around on the new downhill ski and quickly swing the uphill ski in place kind of like a Christie.
I though of this and said, "Yeah... right, Bob! Lousy!" Why was I doing this? answer- backseat driving! So now I'm working on this little, stand-still turn by staying forward with the knee, using the ankle. It feels scary at first, but I can feel the increased stability. So I'm working on that any time I catch myself doing the Christie-cheat!
Any comments on this or fess-ups anyone catches themselves doing? [img]smile.gif[/img]