Thursday, December 21, 2017

The "Key Movement" in skiing that 99.9 percent of skiers will never realize.

                          Releasing from the old turn!

This is how the best skiers in the world ski, not the experts that call themselves this, I'm referring to the best skiers in the world. The best world cup skiers and the best free skiers make and use these movements time and time again. If you always wondered why they are the best and you were never able to achieve these levels, here's why? It's because you were being coached incorrectly, with the wrong movements. You are being told to ski like a ski instructor, with a ski instructor's system. No experts ski like ski instructors. If you want to ski like the best skiers, follow this sequence, it's very short and simple.

Here, below, I'm still in the bottom of the turn, about to begin the release phase. 

 To release relax or bend the legs to let go of the hold on the edges. As you retract the old stance leg, (knee bending toward the chest) lift the tip of the ski to engage your core. Tip the old outside ski to the new edge, the "Little Toe Edge". 

Now look at the bottom of the skis and compare both of these frames.  The Edge change is happening. 

The tip is lifting, that transfers balance early. The balance has changed to the new outside ski, the free or lifted foot is tipping toward the little toe edge of the ski and foot. This is the action during the transition after a completed arc.

Most instruction and coaching will tell you to extend to get or hips forward. Many coaches won't like this position, however this isn't "Sitting Back" there is no need to extend, or make an up movement, this is perfect balance. It's perfect balance because the skis are not weighted, they are light as they go through this transition.

A complete edge change has occurred and the new arc is about to begin.


gos said...

"The tip is lifting, that transfers balance early." is it here ( last frame ) you pull feet back , not extend.
I find it hard to pull feet back in boot, there is more sense of feeling that i push aginst the cuff... ( dammit ) and i also miss
"little toe edge" in the rush.

p.s Your´e the best , keep up the good work, im all ears..

// GOS from Sweden

horizonstar said...

Hi Harold,
Your approach to movement analysis is the most helpful I've come across in something like 40 years of skiing. If there was one more aspect that I'd personally like to see, it is an analysis of larger turn radius skiing. My home ski area delivers up a mixed bag of deep powder, soft groomers, and occasionally Colorado style perfect groomers. I have skis for all conditions, but when the latter prevail I like to ski on my Head WC 188/27radius GS race skis (I'm 240#). I typically make one turn to your three, with larger edge angles and more leg separation at the later phases of the turn. One of the things that watching Marcel Hirscher has taught me is the importance of holding counteracting through the hard carve phases of the turn. (not that my skiing is on the same planet as his!)
So what can you suggest about the turn transition phases for this style of skiing once you move away from 14 meter radius skis? Or better yet, could you do a video presentation of dynamic GS style skiing for recreational level skiers?

Harald Harb said...

Thank you for the comments, I posted on the previous article about foot pull back, so go see those comments, they should help. As far as skiing shorter arcs, on a GS ski, it's not just about lateral angles. It's also about tip pressure and getting the hips moving toward down the falline in the High C, part of the turn, and keeping them moving down the falline. This is also done with foot pull back and holding the inside ski back, rather then letting it slide forward. I see this at the lower levels and Master's racing, all the time. Letting the inside ski move forward is a chickening out slow down move. You see it on the World Cup as well. When the racer feels there is too much speed and can't hold the turn, the inside foot slides forward. As far as spreading the feet further apart for more angle, that is usually forced by incorrect cuff and boot alignment. If the ski's resistance to tipping is too great, the feet come apart, so the outside leg has more leverage to crank the ski on edge.

Sli said...

Thank you for detailed explanations and nice pictures. The one moment where I didn't get you:
"The tip is lifting, that transfers balance early. The balance has changed to the new outside ski, THE FREE RF LIFTED FOOT is tipping toward the little toe edge of the ski and foot. This is the action during the transition after a completed arc."

Does it mean that you are sliding on the little toe edge of new weighted ski and in the same time you are tipping new free foot into the little toe edge, effectively both feet tipping into LTE?