Secret Move in Ski Racing #2 - LATE Awesome 6 year old ski racing girl 2 months ago   02:05

Hi everybody. Here is this weeks technique video with some valuable information for you in order to ski better, more efficient and faster. Not only on a race course or for racers.

Obviously there are different tactics from gate to gate when you ski a race course. However, there are lots of myths that needs to be busted. The one I'm trying to bust here is the ever so popular "early pressure" myth. More exactly, "only apply pressure to the skis before the gate because after the fall line all pressure applied slows you down" myth. Now BUSTED :)


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It is physically impossible to generate full "Pressure/Load" to a ski at the beginning of a turn as gravity doesn't work in an Up direction, it pulls you down. So, you won't feel a pressure build up until the skis have come around below you at the end of the turn and will be at it's highest just before you step on the uphill ski to start the next turn. Even talking about this describes what happens when you do other things with your body and weight change to create this natural effect. The Pressure/Load doesn't make the turn, it is the result of a turn so why focus attention on it?
I'm old, Old School when it comes to Talking about skiing And Teaching it. All the words used to describe what I just saw didn't exist back then. We just talked with plain old English using words that had meaning without requiring a definition to understand them. To me I KNOW what they refer to in describing what different parts of the body Look Like at different times throughout the turn but it doesn't Teach a person how to Understand what to think about in regard to positioning your upper body and changing your weight to allow your skis to turn where you want them to.

Those words describe muscle movements and body positions that happen naturally when you do Other Things. In other words. All that flexion and flexing and pressure and bananas and everything at 0:26, don't teach you How to ski through those gates, they just describe what Happens when you Do ski through those gates. The Timing of body and weight position changes, to place the skis where you need them and what angle to the snow to be on the perfect Line around the gates, seems to be the most important thing to discuss and what I saw and read here was that those individual things Do happen at some point in the run. The video was a List of things that happen but not how to think about the timing that makes the fastest run down the hill.

So, can I assume that Every Viewer of this video already Knows how to ski and race Expertly and this is Just a description of the that happen in the gates? The only words I read at 0:26 that don't need an explanation or definition are Leveled Shoulders and Pole Plant. Actually, you should strive for level shoulders all the time so you are always in a position to balance on one foot at a split second at weight change to start the next turn. There is no time between turns for Repositioning. The Pole Plant is an important timing and chest/face positioning tool but the video just says at what point in a turn it happens rather than it's value in triggering all the changes needed to make the next turn. See what I mean?
Tous Ensemble
there is a common misconception about the "flex to release" on OLF you are talking about. at 01:30
Here you flex outside leg (knee) NOT for releasing pressure. Actualy you are at rebound (external ski is off pressure by itself) and you flex for keeping contact with the snow. Like an opptraken :)
Tous Ensemble
Busted ?? nop
Ski racers (when they can) apply early pressure before fall-line. There, weight of the skier substracts to the inertial force.
Ski racers apply full pressure at the fall -line and release early. This is the actual myth and it is true :)
Releasing doesn't mean pressure is dead :) because after fall-line the weight of the skier is adding pressure even when releasing.
Michael Stenbak
Its not a myth, its a fact. If Im not mistaken this is the Levi city hill, which is angling a lot down right. Which will make the turns to the left a lot longer. Also the reason they are pressuring below the gate more in the left turns is because they need a much more "active" transition so they can get pressure OVER the gate in the turns to the right.
Bill Armatage
Very instructional! Recreational skiers should be (but are not) taught these same movements! Happy skiing, Bill.
Nicolas Pham-Dinh
I am not so sure about that. The longer you’re on the edge after the fall line, the slower you will be, as demonstrated by Reilly McGlashan in this Ted Ligety vs Marcel Hirscher analysis, where Hirscher gets more pressure and direction change higher in the turn and releases the edges much earlier, resulting in a much tighter line: What do you think?
Morgan Petitniot Labo du Skieur
Great to talk about this misconception, it’s really happing this way in ski racing and in recreational ski too at good level! Thanks to share ;)
Per Weum
Who is the skier?
Cinzia Pel
Absolutely correct
Soufian Ratib
My child is in U12. I will wait until he gets older to apply those for too technical.
Ivo Koimecs
Too fast to understand all the concepts. And again, buy yourself a microphone ... :)
Anthony Sears
Somebody who finally gets it. My ears and eyes hurt listening and watching most of the "coaches" and instructors on the hill and their "early pressure b***sh**t.
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Awesome 6 year old ski racing girl Secret Move in Ski Racing #2 - LATE 2 months ago   05:41

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