ATHLETIC STANCE (Transitions) • Hips facing direction of skis • Stance width • Jump to establish • Parallel shafts (Can have too much) • 3 Points of flexion (Lift Toes) • Ankles (Boot Issues in children) • Knees • Hips • Rounded Back • Core discipline • Hands up, Elbows in front of torso • Looking ahead
Parallel Position (Turning Phase) *Parallel position should carry over all elements of “Athletic Stance” except hips and upper body facing skis. • Uphill ski is advanced • Contingent upon pitch and ultimately angulations • Ankles, knees and hips in parallel relation • Shoulders facing direction of hips • Uphill hip raised
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Parallel Position to Athletic Stance (Completion and Crossover) • Use hips knees and ankles to decrease and release edge angle and pressure • Lower body starts to align with upper body (Parallel Position toward Athletic Stance) • COM (center of mass) moves toward and consequently over base. • Most athletes extend over, some situations you get retraction
Athletic Stance in Transition (Knees and Ankles) With proper maintenance of the Parallel position at completion you are set up for efficient use of knees in transition!!! Don’t get back.
Crossover/Initiation • Moves through athletic stance • Skier turns over from uphill edge to downhill edge • Use of knees and ankles to balance on new turning ski • COM (center of mass) moves forward and toward the new turn • Consistent stance width ----------------------------------------------------- • Inclination facilitates room to move • Building edge angle
Turning • Developing Parallel Position • Use knees ankle and hip to maintain balance • Increasing edge angle • Inside Ankle Flexion!!! (stay forward)
Inside leg is always moving or active, a pause in that leg delays the development of the turn and lengthens the radius.