Thursday, April 7, 2022

Quick and powerful short turns!

This photo is from a series of short turns on really steep. Notice the full-body angles, compared to the "Lower Body" angles in the photo below.

This video demonstrates the way you develop short turns without an extension or push against the snow at the rlease.

A "lower-body" short turn shown here, is less risky and should be the first one you work on.


Friday, April 1, 2022

Turn Timing and Preparation in very short turns!

Pole and arm use and preparation are rarely taught, understood, or used properly. The lack of this understanding can hold your skiing back for years. 12 years ago I embarked on a skiing development that evolved into changing my technique and my turn timing. The end result is what I call "The No-swing Pole Tap. This is what we teach in our PMTS system.

This photo demonstrates pole preparation in place immediately near the "Apex or just after the skis in the falline. When you achieve this timing you never feel rushed and the upper body is stable without creating rotation or leaning movements. This is substantiated by the strong position of the inside pole and arm. 

When this pole prep isn't ready by the point where the blue arrow is shown in the red arc, the upper body swings quickly and detracts from ski angle, edge hold, and turn quality. Most skiers use too much pole swing because they drop the pole behind the body while dropping the arm and pole to the inside of the arc.

A strong inside half of the body is shown in this photo, which compliments the early pole preparation.