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Balancing Act: Up and Down Balance, Part 2

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Now that we have shaped skis, there’s less and less talk about up and down motion. The movements are more lateral and diagonal, forward into the new turn.EQUIPMENT CONSIDERATIONS

STEVE Now that we have shaped skis, there’s less and less talk about up and down motion. The movements are more lateral and diagonal, forward into the new turn (H-I).
















UP AND DOWN

STEVE But up and down¿call it getting longer and shorter, if you like¿is still important. Coming up lets you relax your muscles between turns and unweight your skis (M). Down movement creates edge angle and helps control the forces at the bottom of the turn (K-L and N-O).

PHIL If you stand tall all the time, it’s like dropping a bowling ball once pressure builds up under the skis. There’s no bounce. But a rubber ball compresses (K), stores energy (L) and springs back up. It squishes and bounces. You should too.