I think that most of you are looking at "centered" as being something that happens in the feet.
Elite skiers use their feet/legs to support their true center- the CM. Their goal is keep their core moving as smoothly, as efficiently as possible in the direction they need it to go.
They then do what ever is necessary with their legs and feet to maintain that movement. It's like walking- we get our core moving forward, and then move our feet/legs to constantly be under us. we do not center on our feet, and then move our core forward and back.
Examples- Go back as far as Franz Klammer's run in the DH, 1976 Olympics- the analysts said he broke all the rules. Wrong- his core never wavered from where he wanted it to go. Always straight ahead. He did what he had to, to continue that goal. Was it "pretty"? Not by the standards of most instructors. But he won. There are no style points in ski racing.
1980- Lake Placid-. Ingemar Stenmark fell in the GS, and still won. Watch that run closely, and you'll see how his core never stopped moving in the direction he wanted it to go.
Fast forward to these past games-. Get some footage of any of the races,. Watch the leaders of any race in super slow motion. If you focus on their cores(CM), you will find that they hardly move. That is equallibrium! (Balance is static) Then watch those that didn't fare so well. You will see where the movement of the core caused their problems.
Probably the finest example today are the WC SL skiers. With such short skis, the amount of core movement must be kept to a minimum. But look at how active their legs and feet are! Everything is geared toward stabilizing the core.
Think back to some exceptional run you've had-. Did you feel your core being pushed and shoved and bobbing all over? Probably not. It probably felt as if it never moved. Incredibly stable, wasn't it? Want to recreate that feeling? Focus on the core, not on the feet. Especially when the snow conditions get tough!
Good luck, and good skiing!
:[ April 18, 2002, 09:42 AM: Message edited by: vail snopro ]