Some believe that there is no centrifugal force in Nature. I will not argue with this, but I will denote that by centrifugal force I mean what is pressed against the outer wall in the carousel. That is, to feel the centrifugal force you need to be yourself in a turn but not watch it from the side. In turns on skis there is a mix of two extreme cases. One extreme – a sidelong descent across the slope, then a sharp redirection of movement (for example, jumping with a turn) and again an oblique descent. Looks like zigzags along a broken line. In this case, there is no movement along the circumference and, accordingly, there is no centrifugal force. The opposite extreme case is round turns, there is a centrifugal force. In a real ride, no matter how you want to always cut round turns, there is also a braking and straight sections. Therefore, the centrifugal force can suddenly disappear and appear. In the note, I will give observations on how to use centrifugal force to quickly load an external ski when entering the turn.
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Of course the radius of a carved turn is determined not by the skis, but by the skier 🙂 Nevertheless, the skis may have its own “favorite arc”, along which it goes like along rails. Curvature of the arc varies with the angle of the edge. What is especially nice, a skier for carving a “favorite arc” does not need at all (you can replace it with a сast-iron weight). And if the desire of a skier to go along the arc coincides with the ability of the skis to cut just such an arc, then probably the perfect carving will turn out. In this note, I will examine how the radius of the sidecut of the skis and radius of a carved turn are related. Based on the skis Atomic Redster FIS SL 165 cm (2016) .
Continue reading Ski sidecut radius and radius of a carved turn
In this note I want to give some tips for & tricks for skiing in slalom course. Behind general considerations, theory, exercises there are also specific advices that can help immediately. I’ll give three slalom skiing tips & tricks that really helped for me in this season (2017).
Continue reading Slalom skiing tips & tricks. Season 2017
Skiing is certainly assumed for skiing in the mountains. It is not so important, on the course or without a course. Skiing from small hills (for example, in Moscow) is mainly aimed to learning or training. But after you’ve learned to ski so that you can ride in the mountains, regular free skiing in Moscow generally loses this reason. The slalom course can motivate. When I had the opportunity to become an amateur sportsman and regularly ski on slalom course, the free-skiing trainings in Moscow ended (except of skiing with the family, of course). But in the past three seasons, it was possible to allocate time for free-skiing trainings in addition to training on the course. Therefore, I want to formulate what is better to train separately in free skiing and then transfer to the course.
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Sliding forward of inside ski (in relation to outside ski) is the natural component of the curved turn. Skis go on different radii, but with approximately identical speed. Therefore, the inside ski, which goes along a smaller radius, slides forward. This can be treated in different ways: actively used, considered inevitable or try to minimize. The last five years I have tried to minimize shifting forward of inside foot. This season there were interesting observations and a couple of techniques.
Continue reading Slalom, working on the technique in the 2017 season. Avoid inside ski forward
The season 2016-17 turned out to be quite long for Moscow, more than 4 months. The ratio of training without a course (exercises) and along the slalom poles was 2: 1. The first task for the season was formulated as “shorten the arc”. I found a couple of non-obvious techniques that I want to share.
Continue reading Slalom, work on the technique in the 2017 season. Shorten the arc
The primary goal for ski season 2016 was set in the end of season 2015. This is to “catch” the first half of arc of the turn. Continue reading Slalom, work on technique in the season 2016. Catch the arc
In a turn ski put on edge and bend. The most effective turn is when ski put on snow with all length of edge and drive like on rails. For this it is necessary that deflection of ski was in accordance with shape of sidecut. Or vice versa. Anyway, it is desirable to match shapes of sidecut and sag. Continue reading Compliance ski sidecut shape to deflection
To make good carved turn You of course need to put ski on edge but more importantly, to put pressure on the ski. Forces acting to skier arranged so that at second half of turn pressure apply to ski automatically. But in the first half of turn it should be given special attention for put pressure on ski.
Continue reading Ski pressure control at first half of turn
The most important thing – do not put in the habit to brake in turns. Continue reading Alpine ski: first steps how to teach a child to ski