I am interested in your perspective about the stivot technique.

a) How do you describe a stivot? Do you feel that the stivot is more of an unpressured float or a steered pressured feather move?

Here is are some photo sequences of the stivot from Ron LeMaster

Bode Miller - Park City GS, 2003, 1st run


Ted Ligety - Alta Badia GS, 2007 2nd run


James Cochran - Beaver Creek SL, 2004, 1st run


Video of stivot

WCSN video of Francois Bourque's 2007 FIS World Cup GS run at Karnjska Gora, Slovenia


Video of Ivica Kostelic (bib #5), Rainer Schoenfelder (bib #6) & Benjamin Raich (bib #3) 2004 FIS World Cup SL run at Wengen, Switzerland


I have seen various descriptions including:

"Pivot - Float/Feather - Hook up edge to carve bottom of turn while keeping skier center of mass pointed in the intended direction of travel."

"Combined steering and pivoting movement at the start of the turn. Pivot skis dramatically early in the turn. Once skis have bitten snow, redirected and even slowed a bit, pivot skis back outward to desired line to carve." Ron LeMaster - USST technical advisor

"Stivot-Feather-Butter The Toast" The key is to maintain the balance of the center of the foot to retain control of where the pressure is added instead of initiating a stivot with a windshield wiper turns (initiated from the ski tips). Pete Deisroth - ACA Ontario Ski Team Women's Head Coach

"Rotating the ski tips in on approach to a gate, sliding to check speed, then rotating tips back out to direction of turn to lock skis in for the turn around the gate" Adam Chadbourne - USSA Development Program

"It's just when you slide your skis sideways and are redirecting into the turn. It's actively re-directing the skis, as opposed to letting them carve to redirect themselves. And you do it to get rid of speed that you don't want. And you do it to cut off line. You do it before you have the skis heavily weighted. It's much easier obviously. If you have them weighted and you chuck them sideways and displace a huge amount of snow and you slow down a lot." Bode Miller - USST

b) When should a stivot be used?

It seems that by cutting off the top of the turn the stivot allows for a lower, straighter, more direct line than a pure arc to arc turn. Is this only for cranker turns where pure arcs are virtually impossible, steep icy terrain, awkward sections of course where speed or direction control are required for or is it also used in other situations like recovering a lost line?

c) What is the stivot usage percentage range that you have used in a GS course (0-30%, 0-50%, etc) What is the stivot usage percentage range that you have used in a SL course (0-30%, 0-50%, etc)

d) What free skiing & gate drills have you found helpful to learn the stivot technique?

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