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Counter-rotating into the turn is an important part of many skiers' thought processes as they approach their apex. It helps maintain outward direction and skeletal alignment as you near the buoy. The need to actively counter-rotate as you reach the turn however may be a sign of an earlier problem. Ideally, a counter-rotated position is a simple result, not an action.
Where you want to be...
Counter-rotation simply means you have your hips facing to the outside of the turn, and your reach is being directed slightly in front of you (picture Will Asher 1,3,5.) This position however, is the simple result of maintaining your alignment as you leave the second wake. Losing your alignment as you leave the wake will cause you to 'unwind,' open up to the buoy, and take a line that is inside the ideal, widest path possible. Now you will be forced to counter-rotate as a Band-Aid in an attempt to keep a tight line and manage your less-than-optimal path into the turn.
How to get there...
As you leave the second wake, ensure your trailing side remains aligned (concentrate on your trailing elbow's relation to your hip.) This will keep your hips facing outward and keep you on your outward path longer. Maintain your skeletal alignment (shoulders over hips) as your move from cutting edge to turning edge to prevent your upper body from tipping to the inside prematurely. Now, your hips are facing to the outside of the turn and your trailing side is aligned. You are counter-rotated, without counter-rotating.
A long, drawn out counter-rotation is only necessary, and for that matter, only possible if your hips have opened-up and your handle has come to
the inside through your edge change. Instead, focus on holding your position through the transition to your apex. The result will be counter-rotation as a result of a positive outward direction.
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