Turning blends into steering when the edges start to cut in and grip and steer the ski through the turn/change of direction, depending on the speed you are travelling at. The slower you move the later in the turn/change of direction the skis/edges start to cut into the snow and grip/steer. When you move faster, then the skis start to cut in earlier in the turn/change of direction and steer/grip you.
When steering into the fall line, you have to be able to control the skis and be well balanced over the outside ski from the start of the turn/change as the skis accelerate.
Steering out of the fall line is the hardest part of the turn you must have a good control of pressure well balanced on top of the outside ski to control the edging to steer the skis and release the skis for the start of the new turn/change of direction.
When you tilt our skis onto their edges through the turn/change of direction the pressure/tension increases up to twice ones body weight and more. The radius, steepness, terrain (bumps), speed, snow types and type of skis (fun carvers, race carvers, all terrain carvers and free ride skis) all influence the steering pressures created in the turn/change of direction; you feels this through the legs and the whole body. The larger muscle groups of your body, the pelvic muscles, allow us to take in a lot of this pressure build up.
In shorter turns your legs do more of the steering. (Our feet/skis cross under the body) The upper body stays balanced over the feet. Weaker skiers¢ will become tiered more quickly. Grippy short turns create a very sudden build up of pressure making balance over your feet harder in the turn/change of direction.
At faster speeds our body crosses over our feet/skis; this is a greater test our balance for the skier.
The supporting ski (outside ski) and the inner ski, both have got steering qualities. The supporting leg/ski (outer ski) has better, more effective steering, feeling, and balance through the whole turn/change of direction while the inner foot/ski gives us a stronger edge grip but less feeling through the whole turn/change of direction, and less feeling for balance encouraging catching of the edges in the turn/change of direction. There for a very fine feeling is required when steering with the inner foot/ski at the right place, right time, and the right amount in the turn/change of direction, to create effective steering through the turn/change of direction.
While steering the skis they can be turned across the direction the body is travelling at. Or be steered in the direction the body is travelling at. In the first case one drifts and in the second case one carves. Carving while steering the skis through the turn/change of direction at higher speeds, makes us more stable through the turn/change of direction.
All factors are changing through the turn/change of direction.
· Snow types
The skier must react to the changing factors all the time in order to steer the skis effectively, and stay in control whilst using the pressures to their advantage in the turn/change of direction. It is important that we are centred over our feet/skis, in order to get the most out of the modern skis of today.
Centeredness over our feet/skis requires all of our ski joints to bend (ankle, knee and hip).
With our hips over our feet, hands forward of the body and our body moving forward with our feet, while we are in motion, means we can stay in balance, turn/change direction and steer our feet/skis and ski in control whilst having fun!
Known – Un-known
Easy – Harder
Flat – Steeper
Slow – Faster
By making things harder and moving out of our comfort zone you can become more aware. We move from known to unknown, easy to hard, flat to steeper and slow to faster to raise awareness.
When you are made aware of the 3 factors balance, turning and steering at our own level of skiing and ability, you can start to become a more effective all round-controlled skier.
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