Monday, December 23, 2019

The Transition in Skiing is the most confusing.


Changing for one turn to the next is called the transition. It is really changing your edge angles from one side of the skis to the other. This is the most difficult part of skiing to grasp and to do correctly. It is also when "done right" the key to expert skiing. 

Here in this series of photos, I am releasing the edge angles from the previous turn to the new set of angles for the next turn.





                                      The descriptions:

               The photo above:  Finish the turn with more tipping to create Tipping and edge change Momentum. The upper body should be counteracted and holding the counteracting in transition.





The yellow arrow demonstrates flexing or bending or shortening the leg. This means to relax the muscles bring the knee toward the chest. This is indicated by the ski tip lift. Notice how the uphill arm stays forward, the chest still points toward the lifting ski boot. Relaxing the legs causes untipping or flattening of the skis. The transition is in play.
The upper body has not changed direction as the skis came onto the new edges. The skis have tipped into and toward the falline making a natural uncoiling possible. Now the counteracting movements for the next turn begin.

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