|Many skiers at the initiation phase of the turn are blocked from making clean and smooth crossovers because their knees are either too close together or too far apart. In an ideal world all skiers would go from turn to turn with their hips, knees and feet the same distance apart - a symmetrical unit with the skis working at the same angle. |
There are several reasons why skiers find this difficult:.
|The A-Frame Problem |
|When we learn to ski from Snowplough to Basic parallel for most of that time your knees are inside your feet. (think about the snowplough position) As you learn to ski parallel, usually in ski school situations or self taught, you learn to work, steer, pressure and generally concentrate on what your down hill ski and leg is doing. Because of this, many skiers have a lazy inside leg or an inside leg that just isn't as effective or skilful as the outer one and in turn it will be slower leaving the knee positioning in an a-frame. |
|The Edge Platform |
|Another reason why the A-Frame can be a problem is that as you don't have a strong enough edge platform towards the end of the turn to press against and support you and as a result the outer ski breaks away leaving you with your knees again closer together than your feet. |
|Once you know this and become aware of what you are doing from your hips to your feet, hopefully you will become more conscious of your knees and the extra action needed by your inner leg when you steer and lean through your turns. Also you should become more aware of the extra sensitivity needed towards the end of the turn to prevent the edge from breaking away sideways. |