for almost 20 years when I went back on the slopes
> with my son after his ski lessons over Christmas. The first few times
> out on rented sidecut skis, I didn't feel comfortable at all. In
> hindsight, I probably should have taken a lesson because I was skiing
> the sidecuts like the old straights.
> When turning on steep, groomed blue runs, I was putting virtually all
> my weight on the inside edge of the outside ski to drive through the
> turn. It was highly unstable but I attributed this to my not having
> been on skiis for so long.
> After a couple more outings, I didn't seem to be getting any better
> and I was getting a bit frustrated, more so because my son, with his
> low centre of gravity, seemed to be doing so much better, after only
> skiing for a month.
> To make a long story short, a friend mentioned to me on our last trip
> that I really should be using the outside edge of the inside edge more
> to initiate the turn. Well, the difference was like night and day.
> So now, instead of unweighing and driving the inside edge of my
> outside ski into the turn, I'm leaning more and using the outside
> edge of my inside ski to initiate the turn. There's practically no
> none of the up and down motion that I used to remember in my turns.
> Is this the way to ski the new sidecuts or am I making things up as I
> go along and I should really take some lessons?
Do you mean the *pinky edge* of your inside, as opposed to
the *big toe* edge of the outside?
If you want to carve, and you are doing round, across the hill
to across the hill turns, this is one way that is recommended.
Harbski advocates this move.
You can also stand on the old inside ski, still on the pinky
edge, then crossover/change edges, whatever. Early
Me, I just lead change. Put the new inside ski ahead, pull
the new outside ski back, or use a scissors motion to pull
the outside back and push the inside forward at the same
time. That seems to take care of it. Then I transfer the weight
before, after, or sort of at the same time, depending on the
At any rate, your turn consists of a weight transfer, lead change,
and crossover (move your body to the other side of your skis,
left side for left turn, right side for right turn) maybe at the same
time, or in the order of your preference.
When you make shorter turns, you cross the skis under the
body and leave the body where it is. Get back into doing
the regular crossover first. Then work on the old, "quiet
upper body crossing the skis back and forth under the body".
You don't really need up and down motion, but it's a hot trick
to have should you want to use it to pop quick little turns. And
it can be used to vary the amount of pressure you add or take
away from your edges. Get back in the rhythm of simply riding
the skis by crossing over, changing lead and transferring weight,
then add your up and down motion as you see fit.
As far as a lesson or two, the thing is, understanding how the
mechanics of skiing work and how things should proceed is
a big part of the equation, but, if an instructor actually sees you
ski, he can spot things that you don't know are happening with
your skiing, and as such you can't verbalize them or ask
questions about them.
So, yes. A lesson or two or more could only help, and it might
take weeks off of your learning progression time.