just my observations on my recent interest in using only inclination (very little or no hip or knee angulation) to make turns.
I became interested in this just for the fun feeling of it (i can pretend to be a snowboarder) but also because of the excellent articles on this by Greg Gurshman here: Inclination As Integral Part of Modern Giant Slalom Technique
and here Inclined To Win
you may have noticed over the past three ski days at Liberty i tried all day to make only inclined turns and cut out the last turn phase of dialing in hip angulation. as i suspected (and desired) yesterday i put back in the last phase just a little tiny bit and notice my ability to make a very high edge angle while still holding on fairly firm surfaces worked.
i guestimate now i can pull 50+ degrees and the result of such a high edge angle is a very sick 12-14 meter-ish purely carved turns with both feet. my Volkl 6 stars are 161 cm.
these turns took practice but are very fun feeling. they are challenging because you really have to move up and over into the next turn or else you will be on your tails completely at the end of the next turn - which happened a lot to me at the beginning. it is nearly impossible to do them on ice it will not support enough load to allow you to drop your center of mass in so much.
i also focused on really pulling my inside foot back and raising my knee/foot high to put my inside ski boot next to my outside leg's knee, which is necessary to make such turns.
you can really load the ski and lay very tight trenches, and i was *very* pleased with the way my tracks looked, with *two* thin c-shaped arcs pretty far apart at the *end* of the turn. i think my weight distribution was about 75%/35% at the end.
on occasion, i would loose pressure on the outside ski due to bumps, hard snow/ice, etc but this is to be expected and should be dealt with if you use the technique. i either would complete the turn on the inside ski or if it slid out too just put my hand down on the snow for a little support and huck my torso up and forward in to the next turn.
even though this is a tricky turn, i would encourage you all to try it on a nice day - they are fun (they actually make me laugh when i do them) and you will see that when you go back to using your hip and knee angulation you will be able to carry a higher edge angle than before. it also helps you to initiate a medium to long radius turn very nicely and efficiently.
have fun with it, and tell me if you try it out i am curious about other people's experiences with them.