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Out With the Old, In With the New: Part II, Step 4

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Old:

TRANSFER WEIGHT TO THE OUTSIDE SKI

STU:

We used to place about 90 percent of our weight on the outside ski and 10 percent on the inside. This required a big shift of pressure from one ski to the other every time we turned. The pole plant-more important for older-style skiers than for new-signaled both an edge change and a weight transfer (1). Weight moves from the old downhill ski to the new outside ski, the one that will become the downhill ski. It appears almost like a step (2). Such a deliberate transfer of pressure ensures a strong edge engagement and a solid turn initiation (3).



New: GENTLY REDISTRIBUTE WEIGHT FROM SKI TO SKI
MIKE: I won’t say we stand with 50-50 pressure on both skis for more than one ski length between turns. But our weight is more equally placed more of the time-maybe 70 percent on the outside to 30 percent inside. Modern skis respond more easily to edging and are less dependent on a total weight transfer (A). As the edges are changed, weight is more or less equal for a relatively longer time (B). Pressure builds on the outside ski gradually, in response to centrifugal force. Soft, seamless transitions mean smoother turns (C).