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How to put a BLOCK ON ROTATION - Improve your Harb Teach-Yourself Series: Parallel 2 days ago   03:36

Here is a short lesson for all you guys and gals out there trying to improve on your parallel skiing. This video will show you how to rid un-intentional upper body and hip rotation from your parallel skiing. How to put a block on rotation. Note that this is as important for all levels so please take a look at the video before dismissing it on any fuzzy self perception grounds.

There is a lot I did not mention in the video such as dull edges on your skis, steeps or how to avoid icy spots. More on that later. Subscribe to my channel and you will get notified when I publish new instructional videos from both ski racing and ski instruction.

Thanks Rick for all your help and for coming up with the topic :)

Comments 30 Comments

Furthy Thirtyfour
The reason why recreational skiers rotate their upper bodies to turn is because it works. In other words, the most important thing in their mind is to make sure the skis actually turn and so they will use their upper bodies to help ensure the skis turn. As they become more skillful, experienced and knowledgeable they will learn and then realise that there is no need to rotate the upper body and in fact it is more efficient overall not to do so. So the main reason for rotation is not an overly square body or banking it is fear - fear of not making the turn.
You are the best in teaching. Please more videos like this for intermediate skiers. Could you please make video what mistakes result in early tiring of the foot and legs? More importantly I liked your video on racing drills but could please put a video on drils to fix the problems in this video?
Ra Ni
clay clark
I know that guy can ski, he’s not trying!
David Kirkpatrick
RE: Hip rotation.
The link may be interesting. Deb teaches instructors like she does to her 10 year olds.
Anthony Sears
Dude you are a pusher. H ow about tipping the ski just a little. N ot smart feet.
Cele R.
30 anni fa' insegnavano a sciare in quel modo! E non lo fai nemmeno nella maniera giusta. Prima della fase di curva devi alleggerire distendendo le gambe, invece le tue sono completamente ferme! Inoltre ti lasci trasportare dagli sci senza mettterci sopra il tuo peso così gli sci aqcuisirebbero stabilità! Dopo il cambio di direzione fai un grosso errore cambiando subito angolazione che ti porta troppo avanti lo sci a monte comportando una distribuzione del peso completamente sbagliata e cioè tutto nella parte posteriore dello sci a monte non permettendoti di avere il controllo del fine curva!!!
Detto questo... ...con degli sci sciancrati non puoi sciare così! Non li stai sfruttando per niente. Per prima cosa prova a seguire di più la direzione degli sci con le spalle e automaticamente lo sci a monte si porterà in posizione giusta! La rotazione è gestibile con la giusta distribuzione del peso. Le gambe devono comprimersi per dare stabilità agli sci e poi distendersi a fine curva per alleggerire il carico e facilitare il cambio di direzione!
Cele R.
Mi dispiace ma non ci siamo!!!
Next to Lito's videos, this is the next best as far as teaching and what to focus on. However, the most important thing in teaching is to make sure the student understands Every Word. Every Word! If you say something and they have to ask, "What does that mean?", then you aren't teaching them well. I know what he meant but from a skiers view point, I was thinking, What?

He is So correct to focus attention on the hips but here is a Simple way to Think while you ski.

1. "I want to go straight down the hill." When you are making linked turns, your overall objective is to go down to the bottom of the hill so that is where you Always face. When your objective is to traverse the slope between turns, your general direction is across the hill so that is where you face. But no matter what type of turn you are making, your overall objective is still to go to the bottom so that is the way you Lean your upper body so you are balanced on the downhill ski. But, when you are ready to make another turn, you have to say, "I want to go straight down the will." You do this by turning your upper body down the hill, plant your pole down the hill and then take your weight off your downhill ski. Like cutting a wedge in a tree, you will fall down the hill. Your hips will pull your legs over which will roll your uphill ski onto the inside edge and the ski will turn as designed.

2. When you see a skier doing connected turns like the one in this video, https://up-tube.com/upvideo/Dohatik3J64&vaqrk=2&g=0f&yvfg=SYSfAoh_NnyvyFZqgtzkfvCN besides keeping his upper body quiet and facing down the hill, he is JUST taking his weight off the turning ski like pedaling a bicycle. get off the right, get off the left, get off the right. His hips falling down the hill pulls his legs over and the new turning ski rolls over on the inside edge. The ski turns. He's just Riding them down the hill and changing weight NOT, turning his skis.

3. When you are on a steep hill or going too fast, you add the following. When you plant your right pole down the hill, take the weight off your Right foot, lift your Right cheek and set it on the edge of the Right Barstool. This will make your legs lean over a lot more which will give you much more edge and the skis will bite into the snow more. When you Lift your cheek, it makes your upper body stay straight up rather than leaning into the turn. Watch a GS racer coming at you and imagine what I just said.
Steady Eddie
Thank you for how-to.
Lead the turn with the inside shoulder, works for me and kills rotation dead.
Paul L
Even when demonstrating this turn according to an old fashion counter stance (looking like Stein Ericsson) The practitioner brings the outside of the body around to pole plant. He can't help it, it's how he would natural ski. Following the turn through the apex is completely reasonable, I'm not saying twist or rotate the upper body. But keep the lead the skis are showing you in the snow. If you want to call following the skis lead counter, than so be it. . At the transition, face with your hips the new direction. Once the skis have caught up, then assume the lead stand, as I call it. But to counter throughout the turn is old school, maybe PSIA would like it, but not a serious racer. I would love to see this guy ski at normal speed. I would bet dollars to donuts he does not counter the way it was described while skiing normally.
brandon pearce
Great graphic, simple description, not complicated. I have done every bad habit here. Simple demo to kill the bad habit.
Love it.
Johan P
Too many mannerisms.
Good explanations but who skis so slowly and on gentle slopes?
Views from behind would be very instructive.
3 out of 5 stars. More, PLEASE.
Dany Tremblay
Alba Adventures
This is very good! A good drill to do, we can all work on this.
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Harb Teach-Yourself Series: Parallel How to put a BLOCK ON ROTATION - Improve your 2 days ago   04:49

This is just one segment from our Free Online Ski Lesson. Come to www.harbskisystems.com, click on our Free Online Ski Lesson, and answer a few questions about your skiing to find the segment that's best for you.

All the instructions in our Online Ski Lesson are in titles (no speaking), so it's much easier to translate if you need to.