Inspired by the "Is this aft?" and "Foot squirt" threads, I thought I'd raise the question of the mechanisms by which modern carving technique allows high edge angles to be built early in the new turn. Also, I'm stuck inside with a ferocious cold and can't go skiing!
My perception of what happens during the linking of high-speed carved turns is that my feet move under my CM which itself continues to move more downhill at a distinct angle to the direction my skis are travelling. As my feet move out laterally from under me to the new side, the old edges release and the new ones engage without my having to make any specific additional move either to cause release or reengagement. In effect, it is my CM's progressive inclination into the new turn that accomplishes edge transition and then allows the new edge angle to build. The new outside leg extends and the new inside leg flexes to accommodate this inclination (and to build a strong platform to resist the forces that will build in the control phase), not as a primary move to cause edge release or new edge engagement. It is true that, during transition, my legs may flex or extend, but this is to control pressure -i.e., to absorb or not the "virtual bump", not as a primary transition mechanism.
I have, however, read a lot here about tipping the new inside foot within the boot (inverting) lightening the old outside leg and then tipping the foot, etc. in order to start a new turn. I've tried to make these foot tipping movements as best one can in a stiff ski boot, but I can't say that I've noticed any advantages to doing so. In really high speed SL or GS turns, where the turn may be over in less than a second, I can't even seem to find time to execute this cycle of foot tipping. The dynamics of the old turn projects my CM downhill, my legs fly under and out to the new side and bang! I'm on the new edges.
Is there some reason that I'm missing to tip the feet, or is this really just superfluous?
Edited by HardDaysNight - 1/5/11 at 7:15am