Month: December 2004

Pressure

Posted by – December 1, 2004

  • Skis flow evenly and smoothly over terrain.
  • Skis bend progressively throughout turn, with the entire length engaged.
  • Skier’s joints work evenly together.
  • Flexion and extension changes in response to terrain and pitch.
  • Pole plant complements desired turning outcome.
  • Upper body is quiet and disciplined.

Rotary

Posted by – December 1, 2004

  • Legs turn smoothly under the upper body to guide skis through turn.
  • Femur turns in hip socket, instead of entire hip coming around.
  • Upper body remains quiet and stable.
  • Skis turn an appropriate amount to create a smooth, C-shaped arc.
  • Skis and legs turn together throughout a parallel turn.
  • Rotary movement is progressive through turn.

Edge

Posted by – December 1, 2004

  • Skis tip onto edge early in the turn.
  • Diagonal and lateral movement of the legs and feet are used to engage and release edges.
  • Edges are released and engaged in one smooth movement.
  • Shin makes forward and lateral contact with the boot cuff as skis move to new edges.
  • Ankles, knees, and hips show appropriate angles as skis are tipped onto edge and held throughout the turn.

Balance and Stance

Posted by – December 1, 2004

  • The joints flex evenly and appropriately together throughout the turn.
  • Hips are centered over the feet.
  • Outside ski bends more than the inside ski.
  • Inside leg is bent more than outside, and may carry less weight.
  • Shoulders, hips, and hands are level.
  • Inside shoulder, hip, hand leads slightly through turn (more on steeps).
  • Hands are in front of body.