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  1. Skier in Balance - can access and effect any skill throughout turn:
    @ Entire body involved - participates in balancing.

    @ Flexing originates in ankles - supported by knees, hips, lower back.

    @ Hips centered throughout turn - promoting movement forward through finish and into new turn.

    @ Inside leg shortens as outside leg lengthens - sets up alignment and balance  with weight on outside ski.

    @ Upper body remains more vertical than lower body throughout shaping and finishing phases of turn - creating body angles - align balance over outside ski.

    @ Inside hand, shoulder, hip - lead through turn shaping and finish - creating upper /lower body countered  relationship (degree of counter related to turn size and shape.

    @ Hands in front of body - aid balance.
  2. Edging Movements:
    @ Edges released - reengaged - one smooth movement.

    @ Both skis tip same amount early in turn - strongest angles develop in or near fall line.

    @ Shins make forward and lateral contact with boot cuffs as skis roll onto new edges.

    @ Inside leg tension maintains alignment - Inside ankle flexion directs movement forward and laterally for edge-angle adjustments.
  3. Rotary Movements - turning some part of body relative to other parts. Rotary skills combined with other skills allow skier to change direction more efficiently.
    @ Legs turn underneath strong stable upper body - to guide skis through turn.

    @ Both skis - legs turn together throughout turn. Femurs turn in hip sockets. (without entire hip comming around).

    @ Skis tipped - turned appropriate amount - smooth C shaped turn.

    @ Rotary (steering) movements rediret skis at turn initiation are matched in timimg / intensity by tipping skis to prepare for increased edge forces caused by edge engagement.

    @ Rotary movements - progressive except balance recovery maneuvers.
  4. Pressure Control Movements:
    @ Skis flow evenly smoothly over terrain. Joints work together - manage snow interaction. Requires effective pressure management - application and release - sometimes one or both skis off snow.

    @ Skis bend progressively throughout turn. Entire ski length engaged.

    @ Skier leg felxion and extension change in response to terrain and slope pitch.

    @ Pressure adjustments during turn alter timing - intensity of pressure redistribution along ski and from foot to foot.

    @ Pole touch/plant compliment turn.

    @ Skier upper body - quiet - disciplined.
  5. Directional movements:
    @ Skier extends into direction of turn to change edges.

    @ Skis move forward along edges throughout turn.

    @ Skier continues to move forward with skis throughout turn.

    @ Ankles, knees, hips, roll forward and laterally into new turn.

    @ Vision forward intended direction of travel.

    @ Pole swings smoothly - direction of travel.
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2013-01-31 04:00:59
Visual Cues Effective Skiing

Visual Cues Effective SKiing
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