Originally Posted by offshore2morro
Thanks for that super quick reply.
I've seen lots of video on the subject of linking turns - but they all make it look easy without clarifying what's happening under your feet. I suspect the good guys have forgotten how baffling some things are when you're learning.
I'm still left guessing: do you (almost) flatten out your front foot, releasing the edge at the front and intiating a downhill SLIDE - drifting the front end downhill BEFORE you can engage the new edge?
Is THAT what I'm seeing?
Okay, from your description it seems you're trying to avoid completely engagement the downhill edge still, which is the problem. As I said earlier, it's not about avoiding engaging the downhill edge, but rather about engagement it properly.
You actually WANT to engage the downhill edge in this case.
So to put it in your words it's not:
"do you (almost) flatten out your front foot, releasing the edge at the front and intiating a downhill SLIDE - drifting the front end downhill BEFORE you can engage the new edge?"
But rather you should be doing this:
Your front foot swaps to the other edge (toe to heel or heel to toe), followed immediately by your back foot.
You didn't mention anything about how your body turns as well, which is possibly where you're going wrong because as long as your body is working with your feet correctly, you shouldn't be catching an edge.
In simple speak you would be turning like this if you were changing turns:
- Head turns a looks where you want to turn
- Shoulders and upper body follow head
- Hips follow shoulders and upper body
- Knees and ankles follow hips
(if your instructor is US and not Canadian, he'd teach you to turn from bottom up instead of top to bottom, but either method is fine)
Honestly if you can I'd highly recommend taking an on-hill lesson. It sounds a lot like you're trying to learn this by yourself, but it will speed up this early learning process 10 times when you have an instructor walking you through the steps.