|Originally posted by John Mason: Tip the left foot and nothing will happen. But Tip the left foot and add some ankle closure while letting your body fall to the side (have your arm on a wall or something -duh- ) and you will find your foot wants to twist so bad you foot hurts in your shoe. It takes no ski or carving to create this rotary effect.
My son, who is an expert roller blader (and college cheerleader etc, you get the pic - a true athelete (me - I'm more of a nerdy geek) showed me this stand up test as he pointed out it's the same move in rollerblading.
Perhaps SCSA was confused on this point. [/QB]
Why does your foot want to twist so bad? You have the sword in hand and it is dual edged. The very thing that wants to make it "twist so bad" is the achilles heel of PMTS.
Go down to your kitchen in socks and put your back to a wall. Turn both feet simultaneously.
Now stand in the middle of the room and lift one foot and try the same task very, very, very slowly. Try to turn the foot one inch per five seconds. IT WON"T TURN UNLESS YOU ROTATE YOUR HIPS OR SHOULDERS.
Rotation of this sort will skid the skis. It's that turn on a dime feeling you talk about and is the trademark/hallmark of terminal intermediacy.
find someone who can introduce you to two things;
1. Independent Leg Steering
2. Inside Leg Steering via tipping
Blend those two skills, toss in a healthy dose of active flexion/extension and you will begin the journey towards a life of good skiing.
You won't have to worry about dynamic balance, a stance foot or any such horse hockey...you will have it via these movements.
NOTICE I AVOIDED A PROMISE THAT YOU CAN BECOME A FREAKIN EXPERT.