Saturday, December 29, 2018

Holding your "Counteracting", what does it mean?

Before you can hold your counteracting you have to have achieved it. Sounds simple however it's not often taught correctly or used when needed. At the highest level of skiing counteracting is a given. In ski coaching, it's not and in ski instruction, it's often avoided. Why? It's hard to teach, but not hard to achieve, that's why.

Three differnt turns to demonstart Counteracting.
                     In this series of photos, my hips are counteracted as are my shoulders.

Skiing movements are not easily recognized, so here is an explanation of what to look for. In the photo below my hips and shoulders are facing downhill. In the photos above my hips and shoulders are facing downhill. My skis are still pointed to the side of the slope, just as they are in the photos above.
                                                     SO WHAT HAS CHANGED?

Look at the angle of the skis and where my knees are pointed. The skis have dramatically changed angles the legs have moved dynamically and greatly. The longer outside leg in the upper photos has shorted, and the uphill inside leg has remained bent. This is a "retraction or flexing" release The common term used for holding your counteracting and the movement ability to release the legs is called "upper and lower body separation". Easy to do once you learn it. Hard to teach, hard to find someone who canto demonstrate as well as teach it.

At Harb Camps, we teach everyday skiers at all levels. They all learn how to use counteracting like this in there skiing. It has so many benefits that I have to list them in another post. Coming soon to a video near you. There are already many videos on my website that teach this ability and skill, have a look. 

So you have to ask yourself is Marcel Hirscher the best skier becasue he counteracts more than anyone else? He has many attributes that make him the best, however CA does stand out compared to his compeitors.


Pierre G said...

I am totally agree with the lecture supporting the pictures, this what i teach to my candidats on instructor’s training.
The challenge in the coordination issue is to break some old pattern of turnind by pressure. The external focus is supported by an internal focus. Good order of ski priorities..
I like the way your present this. It is simple and visual⛷��

Pierre Godbout

Distelfink said...

Looking forward to the day when I can be a student in a Harb Ski Camp and learn counteracting along with all the other Essentials.

Thank you for the blog and Happy New Year 2019.


Dr SBK said...

Wish I had learned this technique 50+ years ago...would have saved me hours of panic when attempting expert slopes...Happy New Year...

Unknown said...

Love your blog-great info presented clearly. Could you provide your explanations and demonstrations of the differences between edge angle and platform angle?
Thank you.