-Bending the inside leg once skis are engaged draws the hip to the snow
-Bending the inside leg allows higher tipping and lengthening of the outside leg
For me, one of the big changes came when I could get my feet under my hips and pull back. The fore aft balance was a key. My old Lange boots had me so locked that I couldn't really flex much or pull back. New boots and alignment last Spring at the skunk works, and from the first turns at A-Basin I could sense much more freedom to flex, pull back and tip. There was an immediate improvement in my comfort, technique, and my fun factor went way up.
However, even with all that movement, if I can't tip, I can't turn. The exercise where Harald had us bend over, put our hands on our boots and slide a bit, then tip the boots, and we turned put it there for me. I wasn't flexing, or extending (I couldn't) just tipping basically; so for me, it's tipping. I can't change direction without it. (unless I up unweight, pivot my feet and steer!......juuuuuuust kidding )
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