allet hop starts with skis moving at 45� angle to traverse line. Body counter swivels over downhill ski, knees bend forward so skier can make his spring.
kier's spring swings tails of skis in powerful arc across the fall line. Poles and upper body swivel in opposite direction to arc of the tails of the skis.
kis land at 90� angle to take-off position. Outside leg bends inward at knee to edge ski and prevent tails of skis from swinging farther downhill. At the same time, both knees bend forward to absorb landing impact, provide crouch stance for starting next hop.
Wedeln ballet: smooth turns
Wedeln ballet is the culmination of Part I of the Sprungwedeln learning technique. In ballet Wedeln the lifting action and the counterswiveling action you have been learning are cut down to the minimum necessary to execute a series of smooth, shallow turns. The Wedeln ballet turn is initiated by a lift so subtle that the skis remain on the ground throughout the turn. At left below, the skier is just starting a right turn, lifting to swing his skis into the fall line. In the middle, his skis are in the fall line. At right, the skier has finished his counterswivel and edged his skis to stop the tails from brushing any farther from the fall line. From this position he will initiate his turn to the left. The path traced by the skis will be a snakelike one across the fall line similar to that in the snowplow ballet in the first exercise. Note also that in Wedeln ballet there is no room for old-style rotation-in-the-direction-of-the-turn, which is sometimes erroneously combined with shortswing technique. The hands and upper body in Wedeln barely have time to counterswivel in one direction before they must swing back the other way to balance the skier against the thrust of the skis. (Counterswivel appears slight, because its effect here is to swivel lower body and skis.) Last lesson of the exercise is that Wedeln on smooth, moderate terrain needs very little or no help from the poles, provided the skier uses correct leg spring.
kier completes left turn, prepares to lift and start right turn.
kier swings through fall line, skis unweighted but on snow.
kier ends turn by edging, and crouches to begin the next turn.