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Yet another carving question

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Bust out of stemming and force your skis into parallel with big old rodeo turns!

Wide stance, like you're on a horse.... bend zee knees, because how else do you sit on a horse?

You're going to have use your knees a lot more than just bending them. When you're riding a horse, and want that horse to go right, you pressure your left knee into the horse.... same here. You're still flexing and extending your knees (standing up more in stirrups before sinking down into the saddle), but your wider stance is going to force you to use the outside ski to make that turn. Your weight as you make the turn, knees tipping up the hill to guide the imaginary horse, is on the inside edge. Your inside ski is flatter. Your tracks in the traverse should reflect that.
As you practice these, your "horse" should start to lose weight, until you aren't making rodeo turns, you're making dynamic carved turns.

Another fun exercise to make pure carved turns is the 4-2-4-2. On flat ground, static, in skier stance, all four edges are in contact. Roll both knees to one side. Notice how your waist bends laterally in the opposite direction. Think out pushing your ankles into the snow.

Start in on direction. Skis flat, Start down the hill and tilt both knees to one side. Again, think about pushing your ankles into the snow - this really helps gets your inside ski up on the outside edge.

Try this the other direction, and then link these. 4 edges, roll onto 2, roll back to 4, and the other way to 2.

Do this on a swallower pitch to start.

Try and keep your skis equidistance apart.... like railroad tracks.
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Old Fartbag wrote:
Twitch wrote:

Good points on top but I see you are a typical victim of the old wive's tale that an A frame is due to faulty boot alignment which is almost, probably never, true. An A frame has nothing to do with boot alignment and everything to do with shin alignment. To blame it on the boot would suggest that an A framing skier is equally tipping their skis which is never the case. The only way it could be the boot is if a skier cannot obtain both equally tipped skis and parallel shafts.

In the case of being Female - Lady F couldn't get rid of A Frame until alignment was sorted, which made a huge difference.

In the case of being Male, you could be right.....but I would like conformation from CEM, who offers it as a service:

I have read many comments that attempt to determine faulty boot alignment canting with the simple presence of an A frame in a still photo. That would assume that the observer can visually detect the difference of 1 to 3 degrees of canting within the frame of the boot while a skier is turning which is not likely possible. In order to be able to identify boot alignment canting as the cause of an A frame, one has to be able to determine what is happening both above and below the boot and its alignment. These two aspects are parallel shafts and equal tipping. If parallel shafts produce equal tipping through the boot, the boot’s cant is fine. Likewise, if equal ski tipping produces parallel shafts through the boot, again, the canting is fine. However, if parallel shafts produce unequal tipping or if equal tipping produces non parallel shafts, then canting needs to be looked at. Though, even this route of determination would require a seasoned eye with which it would still be difficult. The best way for to determine these factors are through a ski run test. Have the skier do a straight run on a shallow pitch which produces an equally flat set of tracks and see what lower shaft alignment is produced as a result. Likewise, have a skier ski a flat run with parallel shafts and see what equality of ski tipping evidenced by the ski tracks left is produced as a result. The only good outcome that can be expected would be a refined decision on whether to expend the time and funds to see a boot fitter such as CEM which sounds like great advice from your post.
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