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Out With the Old, In With the New: Part II, Step 3

Out With the Old, In With the New: Part II, Step 3

By Mike Rogan
posted: 07/23/2002

STU: Older skiers tend to focus on the outer half of the body. The idea is to get in position early to withstand the forces that will build later in the turn. We go into turns with our shoulders "preset" to be level (1). The outside hip lags (or is even forced to lag) behind. This "counter rotation" against the direction of the turn allows the skier to balance weight atop the thigh bone (2). Such a "reverse" stance is a position of strength, but it looks forced today (3).

MIKE: Skiers who trust their shaped skis to hold think about leading with a strong inside half (shoulder, hand, hip, leg). We let the skeleton stay more aligned as we enter a turn, and worry less about creating angles early (A). Angles develop around the fall line, but the inside half becomes the axis around which the turn is made (B). Though not easy to see, the leading side of the body stays strong and turns less than the skis and legs do. The hips move straight toward the apex of the next turn (C). This creates a stronger stance and allows the skis to perform.

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