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Uphill pole is planted as skis land. Downhill hand moves across body to pull downhill pole out of the snow.
Downhill pole tip moves forward as the heel push provides downhill slide. Uphill hand pulls pole from snow.
Gentle traverse is best terrain for practice of traverse Wedeln. Pairs of tracks on diagram below (from left) indicate 1) position of skis as skier starts heel push, 2) position of skis at end of heel push, 3) position of skis at end of uphill hop, 4) skis at finish of downhill heel push. Tracks are similar to those made by skier practicing traverse ballet demonstrated in Part I, except that use of pole allows skier to slow his forward progress and thus make tighter turns.
The single Sprung turn
The single Sprung turn (above), essentially a long jump turn across the fall line, is the basic unit of Sprungwedeln (opposite page), the climactic maneuver for which all the exercises in Part I and Part II have been preparing you. The single Sprung, like traverse Wedeln, is a valuable turn in its own right. It is the best way to handle a short, steep drop-off. In the first place, the jump is made with the tails of the skis high, tips near the ground, so that your weight stays forward over your boots. This is exactly where it belongs for handling steep terrain. Second, the single Sprung effectively slows your descent by deflecting your forward momentum. In a single Sprung turn, as the two upper figures on this page demonstrate, the pole thrust moves you a considerable distance to the side. The single Sprung slows you down in two other ways: 1) it allows you to land hard enough to get your edges to bite deeply into the snow; 2) it gives you time to swing your skis close to the traverse line where the skis have their greatest braking power.
At start, upper body takes the comma position as skis run at 45° angle to the fall line. Hand plants pole just behind ski tip.
Leg spring swings tails of skis toward fall line; ski lips remain on the snow. The pole helps the skier to rise higher, swing farther.
Upper body counter swivels, putting right hand in position to pull pole out and left hand in position to push the other pole in.
Sudden drop-off is good terrain to practice single Sprung turn. The fallaway of the terrain reduces the effort needed to carry the skis through their 90° arc. Conversely, Sprungwedeln is used to keep the skier under control when going over a sharp drop. A skier who springs from the position indicated by the upper set of tracks will land with considerable force in the position indicated by the lower tracks. His edges will bite and check his speed.
The Sprungwedeln turns