Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Compare stance width


                                                      H.H. 8 weeks after hip replacement
                 Stance width is a case of functional alignment and balance, not style or coaching.
Coaching someone to a narrower stance is possible, however, it will require a new level
                              of balance and probably an alignment adjustment. 

Monday, December 23, 2019

The Transition in Skiing is the most confusing.

Changing from 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" is 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.
    In the previous photo the outside leg is longer.

Notice the ski tip lifts and the leg retracts the ski from the snow. 

                                                                                  Lead the transit with the new inside leg tipping first.

                                      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: Tip lift with the ankle and knee, flexing or bending or shortening the leg. This means to relax the muscles to release and 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 un-tipping or flattening of the skis. Putting 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 can begin.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Saturday, December 7, 2019

The slalom technique that makes for fast skiing.

                          This article is developing, comments and analysis just hours away.