class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Staying Open
- Category: Tech Articles
- Published on Monday, 17 January 2011 00:00
- Written by Bruce Butterfield
When the “new school of slalom” fad came out a few years back, there were some key similarities identified between snow skiing and waterskiing that few people had previously bothered to consider. Many of these were contrary to the established “proper” slalom technique, but on analysis, proved to be very valid and effective when applied to slalom.
I believe the most important, and most overlooked similarity is that the snowskier tries to keep his upper body constantly facing downhill while letting his hips and knees do all the work in turning. Similarly, the slalom skier should keep his upper body always facing squarely downcourse. The fundamental basis is stability of balance which leads to efficiency of movement – keeping the ski(s) moving instead of stopping. Applying this concept to the slalom course is equally valid – and makes several other key body alignments fall into place.
Shoulders facing downhill, eyes and shoulders level. Note how well balanced this skier looks.
Photo 1. The snowskier's upper body is still and the hips/knees are doing the work.
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