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 Conventional Skiing Wisdoms (CSW's) 

by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
Certified Professional Ski Instructor (Registration #110478), Level III
private ski lessons at Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, other areas

 CSW # 7: "Wind-up the upper body to initiate turns."

In an earlier time when skis were harder to turn than they are now, extra turning force was applied to get them to pivot around. For instance, we can move the body at the end of a turn in a direction opposite to the next turn so that we could then twist around farther and get more turning effect in the coming turn (called counter-rotation). A variation is to move the body in the same direction as the next turn and then block the upper body with muscle tension while continuing to twist the lower body, called "split-rotation".) The trouble is that these powerful moves are difficult to finesse once put in motion, and so turns are hard to alter as we go around. Modern skis turn so easily that we can turn the legs in the pelvis sockets to create the turn and fine-tune it as we go. Still, the wind-up can be useful to make a turn more quickly, as in moguls with a blocking pole plant around which we can spin in a tighter arc. The wind-up can also be useful in heavier and wetter snow. Keep it in your bag of tricks, but apply this only when the best option.

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