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Slalom MA again please

post #1 of 10
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I was at the first local race of the season this weekend. Very humble hill, but it was great fun. My daughter debuted in both SL and GS wedge. :)

My wife recorded my second SL run and I thought it would be a good opportunity to see if I've made any progress since last year.

 

I would have loved to show you GS footage since I got some real god help making them turn a month ago here. I actually had the best time the second run, but I didn't win unfortunately.

I really feel at home with the GS skis now. Thanks for all the help!

 

Here's the SL footage in normal speed: 

My kids can be heard in the background. :D

 

 

Here's the same clip in slow motion:

 

What do you think I should work on?

Any particular drills or courses?

 

Here's the last years thread for reference: http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/93414/slalom-ma-please

 

 

Thank you! :)

post #2 of 10

Good skiing Carl. I have no complaints. But IMO you should bend more forwards at the hip. This way you would not end up in the back seat as easily as now. Then you should try to ski a bit more round turns. And try to hold on to the turn a bit longer. If I remember correctly you have made extremly good progress. But you need to get closer to the snow.

post #3 of 10

Great skiing, Carl.

post #4 of 10

Great improvement Carl. I see you use more of retraction style turn now, but you could do that even more.

Some other things that you could work on:

You are dropping your inside arm back. You loose counter and upper body stability. Do some freeskiing retraction turn with fucus on driving the inner hand forward. Or do some drills. This might be related to how you strike the poles with the other hand. Don't reach forward for the poles.

Its difficult to see from this angle, but I think you could pressure the front of the skis more in the early turn.

Lead the turn with the inner leg

 

Next time you take video, its much better if it is possible to do it from the middle of the run, so that you get all angles. Difficult so see e.g. fore-aft from this angle.

post #5 of 10
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Thank you.  :)
 

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Originally Posted by tdk6 View Post

I have no complaints. But IMO you should bend more forwards at the hip. This way you would not end up in the back seat as easily as now. Then you should try to ski a bit more round turns. And try to hold on to the turn a bit longer. If I remember correctly you have made extremly good progress. But you need to get closer to the snow.


I agree I'm close to back seat. I'm lucky the first run wasn't being filmed, because my tips were up in the air all through the steeper section. I will work on bending forwards more!

 

Regarding holding on to the turns; I had the feeling I was constantly late in the latter part of the course. Could that be the reason?

 

I've been thinking I should start practicing a simple SL course with wider and wider turns, wouldn't that make sense for improving the turns?

 

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Originally Posted by Jamt View Post

Great improvement Carl. I see you use more of retraction style turn now, but you could do that even more.

Some other things that you could work on:

You are dropping your inside arm back. You loose counter and upper body stability. Do some freeskiing retraction turn with fucus on driving the inner hand forward. Or do some drills. This might be related to how you strike the poles with the other hand. Don't reach forward for the poles.

Its difficult to see from this angle, but I think you could pressure the front of the skis more in the early turn.

Lead the turn with the inner leg

 

Next time you take video, its much better if it is possible to do it from the middle of the run, so that you get all angles. Difficult so see e.g. fore-aft from this angle.


I'll make sure I notice where my arms are when practicing. During free skiing and GS I'm pointing with the inner arm to the next gate after transition.

My mental image of what to do with my arms in SL is actually pretty vague. If you know any video or footage of what you would consider a role model for arms in SL I'd be very happy if you could post a link here.

I'm also going to work with short gates a lot this winter to make sure that I don't have theese upper body problems when practicing line and angulation.

 

You are correct about the front of the skis. That was much better in the first part of the course. When I started getting late I had problems pulling my feet back again. I should have thrown my hands forward to recenter, right?

post #6 of 10

Search for anything with Marcel Hirscher on youtube. IMO he is the role-model of skiing these days. He is very young and still makes a lot of mistakes, but when he makes a run without mistakes it is not uncommon that he is ahead with a second.

 

Part of your rebalancing problem may be that you don't finsh the turns like TDK said. Finish the turn and do an agressive retraction and then pull your feet back it necessary. See also the pivot/anticipation thread.

post #7 of 10
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I've watched a couple of clips with Hirscher, but his inside arm is either going down in the snow or back...

post #8 of 10

Down yes, but he pushes the inside shoulder forward. its really about the upper body, the arms is just a way of thinking about it. He sometimes supports his extreme inclination with his inner arm. Look at the stuff I sent you in PM.

post #9 of 10
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I see it. The inner arm is forward down and he's counter.

Thanks!

post #10 of 10
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Note to self: Keep thumbs to the handle when touching snow...

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