Better Ski Technique Long Fast Turns Lazy Edging
Get going on a fast traverse. Your upper body can be facing the ski tips, unlike the short turns. Because you are skiing on a reasonably flat slope, there will not be the need to edge, so you will be standing quite upright with your knees only slightly bent over the skis just to give a bit of shock absorption. This means that they will be virtually flat on the snow.To initiate the turn you must now anticipate by rising into an upright position, and at the same time projecting your weight forward towards an imaginary spot about 12" to the downhill side of your ski tips.
This projecting will do two things. First it will unweight the back of the skis, and secondly, because your body is now facing slightly down the hill, your natural torsion will be brought into play. As the skis come round into the fall line, apply slight pressure forward on the inside edge of the downhill ski. This will help you to come round more smoothly.
If you initiate the turn with a stem you are cheating. (See the article entitled 'The Stem Turn'.).Try to describe a perfect arc on the snow. There should be no pushing down on the back of the lower ski to get the skis round against the fall line and therefore brake them. The basic fast turn is designed to give you a feel for accelerating into the fall line.
It has little or no practical use. I use it at the end of the day when I'm trying to get home quickly and haven't the energy to angulate and edge the skis into more precise turns.This turn should not be used on a crowded piste.Remember that your weight should always be slightly forward of the middle of your foot.THE FAST TURN - EDGING.
This is the same turn as before but on a steeper slope so that you can make full use of the skis' edges to give you more precise control. Choose an easy red run without too many bumps. You must provide sufficient angulation to keep the skis on their edges at all times, except when you rise to come round across the fall line. As you come round apply the pressure to the front of the down hill ski as you angulate once more.This is the basic giant slalom turn used by racers, and as long as your edges are sharp it will work for you just as well on ice as on nice stuff. Like the basic fast turn with your skis flat it is not designed with any braking in mind, as the skis are carving for the most part.
While the skis are coming into the fall line, however, there is a chance that they may side slip and lose the precise control you are aiming for. To reduce this you can employ a better skiing technique discussed in the next article on long turns - lateral projection..Simon Dewhurst has taught downhill skiing in North America, Scandinavia and the European Alps for 35 years. He currently runs a ski chalet agency in the French Alps. His book "Secrets of Better Skiing" can be found at http://www.
ski-jungle.net/better-skiing/contents.htm If you have any comments about the above article, he will be happy to answer them.
By: Simon Dewhurst
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