i see so many people in videos staggering their skis while riding switch and turning. maybe this makes me a noob but i can't seem to understand why they do this. i searchbared and people have said that it helps you turn but i don't really buy this. when i ride switch i can carve easily without staggering and just keeping both skis parallel. same way i carve when i ride normally. so the easier turns reason don't make sense. another reason people gave was that it allows you to twist more so you can have a larger visual when riding switch. this i can understand.
so my question is what is/are the main reason(s) to staggering your skis while riding switch.
You cant carve with your skis completely parallel. your always staggering while riding regular or switch if your carving. and yes it does help you turn, a lot.
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You probably do a lead change when carving normally too. Pretty much the only turns that don't have a lead change are like mogul turns where you don't have time. The vision thing is also huge. I have a huge problem because I can stagger super well looking over my unnatural spinning shoulder, but suck at it with my natural one, so I can see way less. It really kills me on rails like a switch 270 on is so tough for me.
you're right. i do stagger the skis when i carve normally but only a few inches. when people ride switch its more like half a foot to a foot stagger. but like people said, i answered my own question and that is due to them wanting a larger visual when turning their body.
thanks, i learned something new and will try this next time im skiing.
people do lead with the uphill ski in a carve, but its not desirable. if you match your inside with your outside ski (with your shins, not your your toes-stay front seat), you'll find that you can turn much more aggressively
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when you are skiing forward, you always have a view of everything. however when skiing switch your vision is very limited. If you dont stagger, then your shoulders are square to the hill, you cant see anything, and its just plain dangerous to ski switch. Staggering makes you able to point your shoulders downhill and see as well as you can
Good skiers know that when carving (forward) that when you bring your down hill ski (the ski that is usually slightly behind your uphill ski) forward and closer to having your ski tips equal, you will carve at a much sharper arch. I hope that made sense. Basically, when you're laying down a fatty carve if you power your downhill ski forward, you will turn sharper. I would think that the same concept could apply to skiing switch. So the kid could have a point, but it is very true that being able to see where you're going when going switch is very important.