Race Carving Compared to WaistSteering

See how outside ski bias differs from WaistSteering through the use of a 1:6 scale
model action figure. This video will prove to be pretty eye opening.

 

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First you must know that WaistSteering utilizes the forbidden movement pattern of ROTATION. Just about every coach out there will tell you that rotation is a no-no. But WaistSteering does not guess at how to use rotation; WaistSteering has hundreds or thousands or years of development in the Chinese internal martial arts as its foundation. Modern ski racing has no foundation other than the trial and error over the last 60 years.

 

 

photo125x125.pngWith that said, WaistSteering does not abandon the knowledge that race coaches have developed. In fact, when you start WaistSteering, you will find immediately that it blends nicely with the way you already ski.

After you learn some waist skills and practice them diligently you will be ready to hit the snow. The beginner WaistSteering turns start with the weight on the outside ski but move to the inside ski. Intermediate and advance WaistSteering starts and finishes each turn with the weight on the inside ski.

 

photo125x125.pngIf you haven't yet practiced skiing on one ski, this is a drill you need to try. I'll assume you've already done this, and understand that turns can be accomplished with the weight on the inside ski. They may not be great turns, but we will definitely get there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo125x125.pngIn this simple diagram, you can visualize that your waist turns on a center axis that equates roughly to your spine. The powerful rotator muscles around the pelvis and hips love to make this movement and can do so quite easily with a little training. 

This rotation can be considered "top-down torque." You are essentially applying a rotary force downward to your feet, boots, and skis.

Now let's consider the nuts and bolts of what happens you you apply top-down torque to your skis.

 

 

 

 

 


 

photo125x125.pngWith the weight on the inside ski, the inside leg becomes the hub of the axis. As the waist rotates the direction of the intended turn the outside hip, leg, boot, and ski thrust forward.

If you were to merely push the outside foot forward with knee extension, the ankle would plantar-flex and you would lose any "pressure" on the shovel of the ski. But because the waist rotates and drives the outside leg and ski forward, the ankle stays dorsi-flexed and the shovel of the outside ski receives a lot of downward pressure. This pressure causes the shovel to bend, which in turn causes the outside ski edge to track in a tighter radius. This is what I like to call Shovel Lift. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

photo125x125.pngBecause the waist turns, the whole body coordinates, as everything must follow the waist. This coordination stabilizes the body, boots, and skis as a whole unit.

So when the outside leg and ski thrust forward, the Shovel Lift changes the trajectory of the outside ski and the direction of travel. The Shovel Lift translates back to the outside ski boot, which must also track in the tighter radius. The body receives this change of direction as a whole, causing the two skis to carve harmoniously. Trust me, it feels extremely different and much smoother than the technique of pressuring the outside ski.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo125x125.pngAs you can see from this photo, I am exerting very little effort to make this turn. I am not using radical edge angles or hip angulation. This is a very short radius turn on 188 cm race stock GS skis with a 21-meter sidecut. You can clearly see there is no skidding, no spray, and the tracks are perfect railroad tracks. This kind of turn skids much less than the old way, and thus drops your time in a race course.

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