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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.
@ 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.
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.
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.
@ 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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