Balancing Act: Expert
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Your hips should keep up with your feet even if your skis are well out from under you. To be ready, rock your hips ahead slightly in preparation for the new turn.
Continue to gently thrust your hips forward as you begin to cross over your skis, then gradually transfer pressure from the old outside ski to the new outside ski. Stay balanced over the ski’s sweet spot as you feel pressure build. What you feel is a combination of gravity and centrifugal force.
Be sure your hips are in front of your feet at the point of edge change. Remember: Your skis are about to speed up.
Feel your skis catching up with you as they accelerate back under your hips. This is what coaches mean when they instruct racers to “let the skis come from behind.”
You can enhance acceleration and your skis’ ability to hold by sliding your outside foot slightly forward. At the same time, shift your inside foot slightly back to bring it beneath your inside hip and align your pelvis for the next turn. At no time should your hips fall back behind your feet.