Saturday, November 7, 2015

Bad Alignment can cause some unnatural, awkward and downright ugly looking skiing.

When bad alignment and compensation with poor movements are combined the results are obvious.

Above: The skier in the green jacket has yet to engage his skis and create any angulation, pressure or turn shape. His outside ski tail is sliding.  His upper body is leaning or banking away from the outside ski.
Above: Now the skier in green is attempting to achieve some edge hold, but the tail of his ski is not loaded or pressure, so a hard edge set will have to result.
(Above photo): Clearly another uncomfortable position, little angulation and most of the weight on the inside ski, no balance over the outside skis. This results in a direction change not an arc, this is skiing without an arc, turns shape or balance, and no ski performance is being developed.
(above) Notice the skier has not transferred balance,. He is standing on both feet. This creates a dead zone between turns. He should be already balancing on the new out side foot, (right foot) and actively tipping the inside foot. (Next photo below)
(above) Here you see the result basically a wedge turn. The feet are separating and the upper body is rotating to get some kind of turn action.
(Photo above) Because teh balance was never transferred, the weight is still on the inside ski, and the outside ski is pushed and stemmed.

This sequence shows an obvious inability to increase angulation, balance and parallel skiing. This type of skiing results from two failures, one is movement based, the other is from poor alignment.

Remember these are the golden rules of skiing, they apply here:

Poor movements make poor alignment worst. Good movements can make poor alignment better. Poor movements can make, good alignment look bad.

No comments: