I thought this video was lost forever, but I did find it. I will probably re-record it this summer.
Enjoy this ski instruction and video lesson (Originally published on Jan 9, 2007). I will reintroduce the movements of Big Toe (BT side of the forefoot) and how using it can lead to an easier turn initiation. To make clear, just by moving the BigToe up does very little in itself. It begins with a movement in the forefoot (I’m calling the BigToe), and then moves through the foot, up and in the direction I intend to travel.
I was reading some other forums (EpicSki and PMTS), and a few people had different terminology. A person on PMTS called it, “Prying”. The description works for me… Although, prying seems quite forceful. This move to me is quite easy. Big Toe side up and over.
I look forward to reading your comments and creating a discussion. I have been appreciating the feedback, and differences of opinion. It allows me to think and refine my ideas. I appreciate it. After all, it is only “Written in Snow”.
In the future I will also introduce, perhaps reintroduce the “kinetic chain” of movements this creates. A movement that sets off a number of other movements (compound movement).
I will alter the video and information covered in the video, as well as future video lessons based on the comments and discussions we have.
Also, and instructors who want to use it, feel free to R&D (rob and duplicate).
p.s. As I mentioned I am reintroducing this movement. Avid readers of forum, or some lesson takers have heard of this move before. But very few have seen it without boots.
I started using it in ’94. I was hearing and being taught “little toe, big toe” ideas, I had not heard it specified how we did this. Many instructors were saying push down on the little toe. This worked for certain things at the lower levels and a few specific instances in high-end skiing. It was causing my inside ski to slide “ahead’ become divergent with the outside ski. Not what I was after. So, I started playing with it. I found this move brought my foot underneath my hips while still keeping my everything moving forward into the turn. I have never been a fan of pulling my foot back, to get the foot under the hips, as my objective was not to go backward. Have your movements moving forward along the edge of the ski and the direction of intended travel.
One of my ways to learn something is to start teaching it. I started sharing it with instructors and students. I trained a variation of this for my Divisional Trainer exam in ’99.
I hope it works well for you.