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Slideshow: Footloose

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A: Here Mike tries to steer his ski with his foot and ankle. Since his foot can twist laterally within his boot, he gets little response from his…

A: Here Mike tries to steer his ski with his foot and ankle. Since his foot can twist laterally within his boot, he gets little response from his ski. This leads him to drastic measures.

B: He can't guide the skis with the part of his anatomy that's nearest the snow, so Mike must resort to using the mass of his upper body. He swings…

B: He can’t guide the skis with the part of his anatomy that’s nearest the snow, so Mike must resort to using the mass of his upper body. He swings (rotates) everything he’s got into the turn. Rotation creates a strong but delayed response, and its turning force is so far removed from the edges that finesse is impossible. He must lean inside and stiffen his outside leg to get any edge at all.

C: At the end of the turn, Mike's leg is so straight, he can't adjust his edge angle. To make matters worse, he'stwisted around. His upper body is…

C: At the end of the turn, Mike’s leg is so straight, he can’t adjust his edge angle. To make matters worse, he’stwisted around. His upper body is facing away from where he needs to go next-down the fall line. He’s now forced to make an even bigger rotational move with his torso to initiate the new turn. Can you say, “compound problem”?

Imagining yourself in such an ugly turn might be reason enough to consider getting boots that fit better.