Flexing the legs in transition – from one turn into the next – is one of the fundamentals of PMTS Direct Parallel. This action keeps you connected to the snow, enables you to tip on edge early in the turn, and lets the momentum of one turn help you start the next. Many skiers have learned the opposite movement pattern – extending the legs or standing up to start a new turn. This leaves you disconnected from the snow, and unable to tip on edge. This boot touch lesson will help you learn the timing and action of flexing that will make you smoother in your turns.
Presenter: Harald Harb, 19 minutes, 672 MB, High Defintion, Copyright 2014
*Use a single-hand touch to the stance boot to increase counterbalance through each turn
*Touch both hands to the boot-tops in transition to coordinate bending the legs with the edge change
Flexing (bending) the legs when you change edges and start a new turn results in...
*Earlier edge engagement for better speed control
*Higher edge angles through the turn for better grip and carving
*Quicker edge change for easier short-radius turns
*Prepares you to ski moguls with better control and less impact
In order to get the most benefit from this video, you should already...
*Link turns on intermediate terrain
*Have your skis parallel for most of your turns
*Have watched and practiced the Flexing and Counterbalancing portions of the Essentials Indoor Introduction eVideo
*Know how to tip the inside foot toward its little-toe edge (in the eVideo Expert Skier 1)
*Have practiced releasing with a sideslip (in the eVideo Expert Skier 1)
Related books & videos
*Harald Harb's Essentials of Skiing (book) helps you understand the Essentials – the component movements of effective skiing, including flexing the legs – where each Essential fits into linked turns, and how the Essentials work together for optimal skiing.
*Anyone can be an Expert Skier 1 (eVideo). This Boot Touch eVideo presumes that you are familiar with tipping the inside foot toward its little-toe edge through the turn, and with a release – flattening the downhill ski to disengage the edges. If these are new concepts for you, start with the Expert Skier 1 eVideo.
*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 3 – Flexing & Fore/Aft (eVideo). This eVideo gives you more ways to practice flexing the legs at transition, and it helps you address fore/aft balance without having to fall back upon the leg extension.
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