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In the bucket of most misunderstood concepts of high performance skiing extension and pushing are right up there... let's clear some aspects surrounding these two.

Some extension++ is necessary following a flexing transition, to allow ski/hip separation at the top of the new turn and maintain snow contact, part of Long leg and short leg.

However, this extension better be passive, i.e. not pushing into the skis. Pressure should come as late as possible, because whenever pressure comes, it will stop tipping:

Original photo courtesy of paullorenzclinics.com

While rolling the ski on edge, you are trying to hinge the middle of the ski over the edge, but when you put weight or push into the skis, the resultant force vector is applied in the middle of the ski and will in fact try to flatten it, opposing the tipping or edging you were trying to do.

So, at the top of the turn, we are tipping the skis on edge like crazy from the feet and ankles while passively extending the legs.

This is also why it is hard to tip a weighted ski and you can see that unweighting the skis not only puts the ankle in open chain mode, but also removes any obstacles to tipping.

Look how light and low Ted is in this average GS transition (average for him):

Light and low during transition, skier: Ted L
Light and low during transition, skier: Ted L

...and how much he extends gingerly at the top of the new turn, with no sign of pushing into that outside ski (clue: no snow spray):

Extending gently at the top of the turn, skier: Ted L
Extending gently at the top of the turn, skier: Ted L

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By: Razie | 2015-09-01 .. 2018-03-09 | Tags: post , flexing , high-c , tipping , technique


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