With this 3rd video of the Essentials series, you'll learn how and when to bend your legs to release more easily, to transition more smoothly with less effort, and for deeper angles in turns. Harness momentum from one turn to help with the next. Also, learn to manage your fore/aft balance, with the least amount of effort and the most benefit for your efforts.
Presenter: Harald Harb, 45 minutes, Standard Def, Copyright 2009
*Isolate the movements of flexing and fore/aft balancing – what they are, how to practice them
*Flex your downhill leg to release the edges and exit the previous turn
*Flex your inside leg to get deeper edge and body angles
*How to move the feet and legs to keep your balance forward over your skis
Flexing to release and engage gives you...
*Higher edge angles in linked turns
*Increased edge grip in your linked turns
*Smoother and easier connection between turns
Improved fore/aft balance gives you...
*Tighter turn radius
*Better speed control
*The ability to stay balanced in variable terrain, like moguls
*Tip pressure, when you need it
In order to get the most benefit from this video, you should already...
*Link turns on easy terrain
*Have your skis parallel for at least part of each turn
*Be able to traverse across the slope on your downhill ski and lift the uphill ski off the snow
*Have watched and practiced the Tipping, Flexing, and Fore/Aft portions of the Essentials Indoor Introduction eVideo
*Have watched the video Essentials 1 Tipping and have practiced those activities on snow
Related books & videos
*Harald Harb's Essentials of Skiing (book) helps you understand the Essentials – the component movements of effective skiing – where each Essential fits into linked turns, and how the Essentials work together for optimal skiing.
*Essentials Indoor Introduction (eVideo) presents the Essentials – the component movements of effective skiing – at their simplest, and helps you learn and practice them. Practicing these movements indoors, in front of a mirror or camera, gives you instant feedback for quicker progress once you start to practice on snow.
*Essentials 1 Tipping (DVD) teaches you how to use your feet to roll your skis on and off edge, which is the foundation for all of the Essentials
*Essentials 2 Complete Upper Body (DVD) teaches you what to do with your torso to support and increase the tipping activities of your feet