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Rotary Short Radius Turns

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Saw this video and thought it would be of use and interest to those thinking about L1 and L2. Too many times I see people at that level overly focused on big edge angles and carving but lacking balance and rotary skills. Deb does an excellent job of explaining how and why rotary coupled with some pressure control is a great skill to possess. If you want to practice in a dome, dry slope or gentle terrain outside try working on making some of these turns.


http://youtube.com/v/_--sS-R68Eg&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR1jgoRFWvuBnjxG4IzK0hvvCB4U0S67anYskWC38pfPVOFhSpxDXplCo-8
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Love her channel. She's so enthusiastic
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The key for me, is the smooth transition - skis flat and parallel - and not trying to do much too quickly. Prolong it to get the feels and then gradually reduce it to a split second like she does v nicely. Needs good timing, coordination and balance.
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@AL9000, She was on the world cup for many seasons and I think was a Gold medalist in GS back in the day. Great touch with the skis and a thoughtful coach. She mainly teaches mini's and has some good content for coaching kids...
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@skimottaret, I remember somebody posted her vids before; she was with a couple of kids. Her explanation of powder skiing (bouncing) was very good.
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Her balance and posture is perfect..
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I've got it on repeat, it's so beautiful!
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@Hurtle, does the twisting movement from the knee and lower leg at 1:53 look familiar to you from IOS warmups Smile

Rotary turns are very, very skillful as you need to be well balanced on the skis and the movements quite subtle but are a great start for mogul skiing. So many instructors going for their L2 fail their bumps strand and blame it on being not athletic enough/experienced enough/etc but the reality is usually a lack of rotary skills..
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@skimottaret, there are very few instructional videos that are a pleasure to watch, and that have detailed insight and analysis like that. Lovely skiing, great chat. Poetry.
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It’s a good description of how the constant steering through the feet feels.
I’m struck how none of the technique she’s describing has really changed from the days of 2m skinny skis.
I really learned to ski like that then was wrestling with carving on old straight skis when the technology changed and made that easier.
It’s still fun to ski turns like that and I’ll do it a lot when the pistes are busy, the viz is poor, there are bumps.
I’m 50 and I would have thought that anyone my age or older who was a decent advanced skier by their early 20’s should be pretty proficient at short steered turns!
Although not as good as her!
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@skimottaret,
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does the twisting movement from the knee and lower leg at 1:53 look familiar to you from IOS warmups
but of course!
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@jedster, good point on straight skis and I would add the same for mogul skiing. Hasn't changed much and those that emphasise carving can be missing out some very useful tools in the toolbox. Smile
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Deb Armstrong is one of my favourite go-to resources on Youtube.

I find her no-nonsense, clear and enthusiastic videos very useful. She has that effective and practical approach, that is often seen when being taught by someone with a racing background.
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A bit strident for me. I felt like I'd left the loo seat up again....
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How good would it be to have your kids in her ski club.
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shep wrote:
A bit strident for me. I felt like I'd left the loo seat up again....

....Although it's being strident with Love, Enthusiasm and Knowledge, rather than Headmistress like bossiness.
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@Old Fartbag, Absolutely, great content, just not my choice of delivery snowHead
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@shep, I thought your typical "choice of delivery" was,

"Look. It's a powder day, I've got lines to shred*, that's the way down, see you at the bottom" ... non ?

* possibly not your normal choice of words
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shep wrote:
@Old Fartbag, Absolutely, great content, just not my choice of delivery snowHead


Shep prefers whistles, right?
Come-by, come-by!
Who’s a good boy?
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uann, my dim recollection of when being coached favoured a softly spoken Scottish lilt, although for sure it's horses for courses. As for my own words, it's far more likely these days to be "you guys have fun in the pow, I'll be in Lil' Stash with miniShep" Laughing
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@AL9000, That's where we went wrong Madeye-Smiley ! Perhaps it's not too late for the eurotest after all! Razz
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This is so much nicer too look at than the robo style carving that seems to get taught to everyone. Makes the body look agile, supple, fluid - instead of .... well just plain ugly. I feel this is the marriage of old school and new school styles into something very useful and very nice to see. Very Happy
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shep wrote:
@AL9000, That's where we went wrong Madeye-Smiley ! Perhaps it's not too late for the eurotest after all! Razz


It’s never too late for eurotest - piece of p*ss. It’s all technique. Any chimp can do it.

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Ah but you can't teach an old Collie new tricks.... Blush
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