We hear it all the time “Move Forward” Yet, without a solid understanding of what to move, when to move, how to move, and what is the outcome of the movement, then it can be a fruitless attempt. ‘Directional Movements’, a current buzzword, means that we need to move our torso so it stays slightly ahead of our feet at all times. Perhaps better said, ‘Forward Movements’ are used to prevent the torso from falling behind the feet leaving us in the back seat. The ‘Directional’ component is a targeting action that keeps the torso moving along the intended path of the turn. When done well, it manifests in a sense of fluidness and symmetry.
A common mistake is when skiers continue to move directionally through the belly of the turn causing them to actually move away from their intended path. An exaggerated example would be a diverging step at the end of the turn. Proper execution of Directional Movements moves the torso through the turn so lines of force converge toward the bottom of the turn.
Another way to think of this is to move the body so that the feet “catch” the momentum of the torso at the bottom of the turn. This catching action ensures the skier is in balance and enables coordinated movements of the body and skis to help penetrate the edges into the snow throughout the heaviest loading portion of the turn. This concept works all four skills and hones their application enabling smooth and effortless descents down the steepest shots on the mountain.