Lucinda, Jordan, Sam

Top of the blog page there are menu button that go to fixed information pages that describe most of the progressions that we went through today – Beginners, Dynamics, Pivot

Missed this out in the main video so inserted it here

The main issue is that “disequilibrium” drives the skiing process – not “balance”. Your job is to fall over – laterally (to the direction of travel of the ski) and the ski’s job is to bring you back up.
All our exercises were to encourage dynamics – both an understanding of it and the supporting skills.

Towards the end of the session we worked on the dynamics of completing a turn – coming up out of a turn over the downhill ski to facilitate the turn transition from one turn to the next.

  • (outside leg in the turn) subtalar – rolling foot onto inside edge
  • tighten the adductor muscles to pull ski inwards laterally
  • push the centre of mass inwards
  • at the end of the turn allow the body to come out over the downhill ski – but holding the foot and turning ski on their inside edges while doing so

Pivoting is developed with the skis travelling sideways – from a sideslip. We worked on sideslipping, keeping both feet on their inside edges. The main point is to experience the ski sliding into the turn on its uphill/outside edge – and with the same “inwards” actions as with dynamics. This allows very tight turning and control of speed.

From the “Beginner’s” page – basic stepping and skating turn
High Dynamic Range
From the “Pivot” page – pivoting on one ski – keeping the ski always on the uphill edge.

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