Tristan Richard Alexa Lottie Vivi Suzi day 4

Just needed a little bit of revision to return to yesterday’s level (different snow too). Just remember to extend the outside leg and to engage the adductor muscles with the inside leg.
1 – Avoiding swinging the arms
2 – Starting the uphill leg extension while the ski is on the uphill edge – to prevent stemming.
Succeeding now with the pivot – probably due to having sorted out hip angulation.

Lottie, Vivi, Alexa, Tristan

  • Jump Turns / Short Swings
  • Kick Turns

The Short Swings are tight jump turns with a pole plant and ideally with a rebound to the next turn. They are basically mid-air pivots. Some good efforts here – but everyone needs to keep the feet more closely together as you would in a pivot. Used to turn when in a narrow couloir and not wanting to accelerate.

When skiing across the mountain at speed in preparation for a jump turn it’s an explosive jump out from the mountain using the downhill leg and ski – and sometimes aided by a bump or rebound. To be used in off piste when uncertain about starting a turn if the snow is unpredictable.

The “Kick Turn” is when stationary – needs practice. Used mainly when the snow is un-skiable. You traverse then do a kick turn then traverse again etc. That way you get down safely.

We worked on slow skating step turns to create independence of the legs and more awareness of dynamics. Snowplough was more effective as a platform (due to Richard having improved the basic plough with yesterday’s exercises). When using dynamics in a narrow plough it’s necessary to properly extend the outside leg and meanwhile pull together the adductors of both legs. This basic rule applies to parallel skiing also. When learning snowplough you can turn well with just one adductor engaged – but using dynamics to push the centre of mass towards the centre of the turn alters geometry in a way that favours both legs using the adductors – and this then applies to all parallel skiing. (and is especially important for developing hip angulation later on). The dynamics are visible in the video.

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