Friday, February 16, 2018

A post that will help regular skiers relate to World Cup movements!

I often point out in my analysis of world cup skiers that some hold their hip counteracting, to release, better than others. Marcel Hirscher for example and Stefano Gross are two of the best at this.

The skier below is about to transition, however, there is no release of the stance foot or ski yet. The transfer of balance should be toward the LTE of the uphill ski in this photo. The reason this is difficult for this skier is that the hips have squared up and therefore there can not be a balance transfer to the uphill ski's LTE (little toe edge). You can't hold your balance well on the LTE if you have squared up the hips and are in a rotating hip phase near the end of the turn.

Here in the next photo, we see the outcome. The uphill ski is pushed away to get the turn started. The old stance ski has yet to move toward the LTE.
The formula for correction is easy and straightforward, we teach it to thousands of skiers, and I've written about it in numerous previous posts in this Blog site. In my previous posts, I describe how the world cup skiers do this. Which is, increase the hip counteracting before the releases and hold it while the feet, boots, skis and legs tip to the new direction.

      In both photos Hirscher holds his CA so he can transfer to the LTE of the uphill ski. Notice the torso is turned facing toward the next gate, not to the ski tips or side of the slope.

Here we see Stefano Gross performing the perfect PMTS "Super Phantom". After he established his balance on the new ski, and released his old stance ski, he is already starting his CA for the next arc early. The new inside hand and arm are already moving forward to create the CA for the next arc. I don't recommend this CA movement be done this early for recreational skiers. Gross is doing 30mph, and changing angles with high energy and at high speeds, he knows he has to prepare immediately. For regular recreational turns wait until the new inside ski is tipping toward it's LTE to start CA.
Gross balance transfer by retraction and tip lift.

To acheive a dynamic transition create counteracting through the arc and hold it as you let the legs release under your hips. Transfer to the uphill LTE and tip the old stance ski to flat and further to the LTE at the high C point of the arc. Any disturbance of this, like extending the leg or rotating the hip will reduce or eliminate the effiency of the transition.


Unknown said...

Great post! strangely relative to my current movement needs...

TCigno said...


threedlss said...

Saw the light (receiving dead end ski instruction) when video analysing two French Canadian skier brothers along with other extreme skiers who were obviously not using the standard technique rolled out in 1992/95
Thanks for the inspirational journey and never ending HH courage