some responses from the original thread included a link to the Skiing Magazine
and From Eric himself
Writing from Whistler where it snowed today and the skiing is quite good. But anyway, Great discussion and I wish I could have commented earlier but have been really busy trying to stuff a few good ski tips into 40 second spots. Crazy. It's late and Ive had a couple cocktails after a major sushi fest so take this with a grain of salt!
So...that sequence above was shot in Squaw Valley on a slope of about 45 degrees with enough room for a short to medium radius turn. The turn as Holiday pointed out was to make a pedal carve turn. The dynamics are pretty simple. Shoulders are square to the FLOW line (more or less)in a countered postion and it's a firm edge set on nice corn snow. There no real upper body rotation where the shulders swing from side to side, rather the shoulders always face the direction of travel regardless of what part of the turn.
The realease of the turn (the top frame) is done by the relaxation/retraction of the outside foot in the first photo of the sequence. This naturally pulls the upper body into the new turn (down the hill) and new inside foot leads the edge change coming in light. You can see, as some have pointed out, that the inside foot gets closer to new outside foot as the skis come onto edge.
In addtion, I would add this to the discussion: I believe that the counter body position in the top frame provides the rotary energy to draw the skis into the turn. The focus of the movment therefore is more lateraly based. Simply to get the skis onto matching edge angles as early/quickly as possible with new inside ski leading the way while staying light on the snow. No conscious steering.
Also, by taking weight off the downhill ski to trigger the transition, there is a nutaral weight trasfer to the up hill ski to provide inherent energy for it to flow into the new turn with very little active effort. It really is less effort then any up unweighting. For Ott...try this, man. Realxing your outside leg to trigger the transition is very effective, then lead the edge change with this same foot coming in light into the new turn. Your weight and balance will be centered on the outside foot where you want it. How fast you do it can be determined by your speed and turn and turn radius.
OK... out of paid for time!! Hope this makes sense and continues this discussion. Also, that I'm not going on about things you guys already know. I spent some time reviewing this today but haven't really read through in this sitting as I'm buying time on a hotel computer!! LAST 45 seconds.
and to read some of the responses to Eski click here
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