Asst. Gathermeister-- Jackson Hole 2020
- Feb 9, 2016
- Northern Virginia, USA
Work?What do others work on that 1st day back?
@LiquidFeet will have to answer, but no. As i understand, your left foot is downhill, on the little toe edge sliding down. So if it was steepish, an observer downhill would not see the base of the ski.
Nope. It's a side-slip. I travel straight down the fall line while skis point sideways, at the trees. LTE= little toe edge. BTE= big toe edge.
Your description sounds like you may be thinking of a one-footed pivot slip. I have not yet done a pivot slip on one foot, but I've tried. Very frustrating. Ballet skiers do it, don't they?@LiquidFeet will have to answer, but no. As i understand, your left foot is downhill, on the little toe edge sliding down. So if it was steepish, an observer downhill would not see the base of the ski.
Me thinks one is still mostly on the uphill edge, big toe, or at most flat. Though on a very gentle slope with firm snow, maybe. Call me dubious, but the definition may be different. For example, a downhill foot, one footed release to little toe. That usually goes into a turn, which takes awhile, not a straight slide. slide.
Ok, that makes sense. You’re on the uphill edge.Your description sounds like you may be thinking of a one-footed pivot slip. I have not yet done a pivot slip on one foot, but I've tried. Very frustrating. Ballet skiers do it, don't they?
The one-foot side slip I'm talking about does not involve a release nor a turn. Just a side-slip straight down the hill, with no travel left or right. If the skier is using only the left ski, then the uphill edge of that left ski IS the LTE of that ski. Any side-slip has to be on the uphill edges or you'd get a nice face-plant.
And a person downhill of the skier side slipping theoretically should be able to see the base of the skis, or the base of the single ski when the side slip is done on only one ski.
That's what I said! Or tried to... as apparently @LiquidFeet didn't get my description either. (Or maybe I still don't understand?)Ok, that makes sense. You’re on the uphill edge.
Yes! Sliding straight downhill. No left-right travel. Side-slip.T....But you're on the uphill edge of your uphill ski, sliding sideways downhill to your right. Right?
Yes! Sliding straight downhill. No left-right travel. Side-slip.
If you are on the LTE, you are on the uphill edge of the uphill ski, with the downhill ski lifted off the snow.
It's much easier to side slip on the downhill ski, which puts you on the BTE. LTE side-slip is difficult, or was for me.
Skier may stand countered, facing downhill-ish.
Or skier may stand square to the skis, facing the trees.
Being able to do both adds a challenge to the maneuver.
Does this skill help one to ski on two skis? Probably not that much. (Inform me if I'm wrong, please.)
But it has helped me master White Pass Turns and one-ski skiing.
I may be doing my White Pass Turns in an unorthodox manner, but at least I can do them now.
Getting my boots on without throwing my back out. Not even kidding. Its happened to me twice in the past five years.. And yes, I do stretch and exercise regularly.What do you work on first day back for the season?
funny, I'm superstitious so I will typically do a run on the bunny hill every time I hit a new hill. This perhaps as a basic warm up.Prety much this. I start out in the bunny hill on day one and gradually branch out as I feel more comfortable. We do a lot of this stuff in our early season Bromley clinics too which is nice. Getting new boots in October so all this stuff is even more important when I'm breaking in some new shoes.
If you said it like that we could understand. In general use of left and right often needs a second modifier to figure out what your talking about.But you're on the uphill edge of your uphill ski, sliding sideways downhill to your right.
How is it unorthodox? Psia, east at least, made a mess of explaining White Pass turns. It became this complicated, mysterious, unlearnable thing. Such a mess they dropped it a few years ago in task requirements.I may be doing my White Pass Turns in an unorthodox manner, but at least I can do them now.
Diana spends a few seconds digging the pole in.Will do. Torture drills can be fun.
I've heard he leans on that pole sometimes as he does this maneuver, and one of his deputies calls it "cheating" - which he says with a friendly wink.
My last three seasons started on 11/27 with skiing powder (Northstar in 2017 and Kirkwood the last two years). So not only do I need to try to remember where the rocks are, but I need to remember to breathe going down long, steep and untracked run.If the 1st day is a powder day all bets are pulled back. That has been my tale the last 2 seasons aan it worked out okay.