Friday, February 9, 2024

The Expert Skiing "Power Transition!"

   Learn short turns with an upside-down phase.

                                                            Long legs to short legs!

Getting from here to the next frame is about retracting the outside leg without reducing the ski angles.

Un-tipping requires a forceful retraction of both legs.
The sign of an Expert skier is having both legs bent the same while both skis are flat to the snow.

Tipping the new inside ski at the initiation (before the skis point downhill) is an expert skier movement.

This is the no-pressure phase. It's the phase where the lower body does the tipping without a hip angle.

Pressure should come to you by increasing both lower body tipping and hip relaxation and dropping the hip to the inside.

Hip angles should only be used or created after the lower body feet and ankles have started to create the new tipping angles under the hips.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Three different types of releasing by a World Cup skier in one 20 turn section.

Dominik Raschner shows 3 different releases.

This is a weighted release when the stance leg is bent, and retracted without a transfer to the new stance ski. Von Gruenigen was the master at the in GS.

The Classic PMTS "phantom Move" release is the most common release used by top skiers.

The "Phantom Move" release first introduced in 1997 in my book, "Anyone can be an Expert Skier 1".
The two footed release is the most sophisticated movement and requires a coordinated lift while the hips are settling and bot legs are bending equally.


Sunday, January 7, 2024

Strasser gives us a tipping clinic at the Adelboden Slalom.

This is a perfect demonstration for all skiers to apply and use in their skiing. 

The first fame shows equal foot, ankle, and hip angles developed from inside leg bending and hip relaxation. These actions allow the body to drop into angles with good control.
To tighten the radius Strasser eases up slightly on the outside leg (bending it) and brings his upper body into counterbalance over the outside ski.
This phase of the turn shows more leg bending but he also adds more tipping of the inside leg. As the lower body increases angles the upper body moves closer toward the and over the outside ski.

Strasser now adds more tipping still, with added leg bending to begin the releasing phase. Notice how his upper body keeps moving toward the outside ski and the falline. 

In this turn, his upper body compliments the lower body perfectly by increasing and holding  Counteracting, and Counterbalance to prepare for the lower body release. The inside ski is also held back with almost no lead. Keeping the inside foot back allows for ease of inside leg bending and lateral movement.