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IS A SLIDING SPORT":
by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
CSW # 17: "Bend your knees while you ski."
Yes, bend your knees while you ski, but allow them to bend because you have bent your ankles to cause the knees to bend. Bending only your knees and not your ankles will cause your weight to shift rearward, whereas focusing on bending the ankles so that the knees bend will keep your weight centered on your feet, a good thing.
But don't just keep your ankles bent--flex them and unflex them and therefore your knees to meet and/or anticipate changing conditions and intents.
Can you bend your ankles in your ski boots? Probably you cannot bend them as well as in your street shoes, for there will be stiffness as you bend more. But if you cannot bend your ankles at all, or hardly at all, you will need to get different ski boots or forego the skiing advantage you could otherwise have. If you rent boots, test them for bending, and if they cannot bend or bend much get a different pair. This is a good reason to buy boots early in your ski career, for it may be difficult to find a good bendable rental boot.
And how much should you bend your ankles to bend your knees? As you bend your ankles and therefore your knees and press the ski boot tongues forward, stiffness will increase until a point at which your ankles will bend little or no more. Go no further to bend your knees, for bending them now will send your weight toward the dreaded rear.
Why do we want to bend our knees while we ski? Among the reasons is to absorb unevenness in the terrain. Another is to allow a slight rise at turn initiation in order to give room for our lower legs to change their tilt from one side to the other. And a really important reason is to allow our knees to be moved sideways so that we can increase the tilt of our skis against the snow. "edging" them.
These considerations are based on human anatomy, and there is much more to the subject.
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