Originally posted on Jan 13, 2007. I plan to rerecord the videos this summer.
Here is move I started playing with about 11 years ago (2002). I was watching Herman Meier while he was training in Breckenridge. It was amazing. He was skiing short turns. It was very apparent he had a sequence to his turns. He was tipping his feet and legs, flexing his inside leg (ankles, knees, and hips) as he created some flex in his spine, and then WHAM!! he turned his thighs (Circumduction) with such power and zip that his skis rocketed across the fall line. Awesome. I still remember it to this day.
I started playing with the move with limited success. Then one day while skiing down P8 at Breckenridge, I found myself doing it. The turning of the legs while the skis were on edge decambered the ski and loaded it with such force that the ski was rocketing across the hill, and I was moving accurately enough to be dead center over my feet. It was one of the best times I have ever had on skis. I have tried to emulate the feeling ever since.
These days I feel pretty darn good doing it. Adjusting the Duration and intensity of the thigh turn to get my desired results. Have fun with this one. It took me some time to own the move.
I also play with this move in bumps. I turn my thighs on a slightly edged ski. It provides very good shaping through the bumps. Hopefully the skiing at the end of the video will demonstrate it well.
enjoy the video,