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I just got back from a trip to Utah with my pops for my 21st birthday.  Awesome time!  We skied Snowbasin the first day, The Canyons, then finished with a fresh 5" at Alta on our last day.  This was my first time skiing this year and only got to ski one day last year (it's tough to go skiing while I'm away at college).  The last time I was in Utah before this was in 2008 for my 18th birthday.  I've never had my skiing analyzed and critiqued so I thought since I have some video why not?  I definitely don't get to ski nearly as much as I'd like to and don't really get to work on my technique but I figure it'll be cool to know what I have to work on.  Keep in mind on a good amount of these runs the slope was all bumped up and had deep troughs.  So here's the video, lemme have it!  Thanks guy!

PS- Anyone recognize the last run I'm skiing?  I'll give you a hint, 2 words, starts in G ends in L...


Edited by mcl116 - 1/21/11 at 4:00pm
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I think for the little bit of skiing your able to do you doing ok. Here is a few quick ideas.

 

Number one is work on stance over the skis and balance on the whole foot.

 

A focus of directing the tips into the turn instead of the tails will aid in allowing you to shape your turns for speed control. Right now the turn is very abrupt with the tails moving quickly around the corner ending in abrupt slowing and effecting balance. (many times falling down back and inside).

 

Work on balance over the whole ski: On easy groomers try some 1000 steps, air turns- hoping off edges land on new edges, skating down the hill and bring movement into turns.

 

Work on driving tips into the turn: Same activities above with focus on tips. Also try pivot slips and side cut turns. Think of tail following tip around the corner. Think of showing the top of the ski's (graphics) down the fall line as long as you can to draw out the turn. Think of the shape you want to make ias a C or ( and try to avoid the z or < shape currently demostrated.

 

Arms and pole action: Currently you plant your right pole after the turn. The pole swing should start the edge change not finish the turn. This late pole plant also tends to pull you back and cause balance issues as well as distrupts the flow down the hill.

 

A lot of fun stuff to work on and with a little more time on your skis you will see some changes.

 

Good luck, TODO

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I like your attitude mcl116, it's obvious you really like the challenge and fun factor of skiing steep natural terrain, so do I.  You are not only skiing very difficult terrain, I can see you are also attempting to hold a very tight/true fall line most of the time, you are obviously determined and naturally athletic.  Focus these assets on a defined game plan and your skiing will quickly improve.

 

1.  Every aspect of your body motion/mechanics can be either minimized, tightened up or improved.  This will allow you to turn quicker and more aggressively which will allow you to gain much needed speed control more fluidly and effortlessly than you are doing now.

 

2.  A skier can only work on so many things when skiing steep terrain, so I would suggest you work on keeping both hands calm and forward.  When you plant your pole, reach down the hill with the pole tip and snap or flick your wrist to plant it and do it firmly.  The pole plant should mark the finish of the turn/beginning of the next turn.  This will stop your upper body rotation as you twist your shoulders across the fall line at the end of each turn.  You drop your up hill hand to your waist as you twist your shoulders, you are probably trying to pull your ski tips through the turn finish, instead of pressuring your ski shovels and riding them through the turn finish.  Keeping your hands forward, spread slightly wider than your shoulders is key in steep terrain.

 

3.  You should really work on making Quick Carved Turns (QCT's) on the steepest groomed you can find.  I'd suggest you read through the "Mogul Skiing" thread if you haven't already, lots of good info there and some good video also.

 

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/89929/mogul-skiing

 

Have Fun!

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Originally Posted by Todo View Post

I think for the little bit of skiing your able to do you doing ok. Here is a few quick ideas.

 

Number one is work on stance over the skis and balance on the whole foot.

 

A focus of directing the tips into the turn instead of the tails will aid in allowing you to shape your turns for speed control. Right now the turn is very abrupt with the tails moving quickly around the corner ending in abrupt slowing and effecting balance. (many times falling down back and inside).

 

Work on balance over the whole ski: On easy groomers try some 1000 steps, air turns- hoping off edges land on new edges, skating down the hill and bring movement into turns.

 

Work on driving tips into the turn: Same activities above with focus on tips. Also try pivot slips and side cut turns. Think of tail following tip around the corner. Think of showing the top of the ski's (graphics) down the fall line as long as you can to draw out the turn. Think of the shape you want to make ias a C or ( and try to avoid the z or < shape currently demostrated.

 

Arms and pole action: Currently you plant your right pole after the turn. The pole swing should start the edge change not finish the turn. This late pole plant also tends to pull you back and cause balance issues as well as distrupts the flow down the hill.

 

A lot of fun stuff to work on and with a little more time on your skis you will see some changes.

 

Good luck, TODO


Thanks the advice, I'm just not sure what you mean by whole foot.  Could you clarify that for me?  Also, what about my stance over my skis should I look at and work on?  thanks!

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Both advises are right to the point!

 

Your action is now very abrupt and not initiated from your ankles. By whole foot is meant not feeling most pressures on your heel but on the whole foot. Also while turning... You're now kicking the backside of the ski around instead of initiating the turn from your ankle. Try to focus on the tip.

 

I agree with the comment about your attitude! You are doing fine already and I am convinced you'll learn fast!

 

Dirk

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I am very impressed that you trying to improve your skiing with only skiing 1x-2x/yr. You look like you've put considerable amount of time on the snow, more so than 80% of the public. If you are having a good time currently with the limited time on the snow why spend considerable amount of time trying to improve your technique? Although, I agree with all advice here -- tails following tips, forward stance and delayed pole plants. The skis to me look a little long for your ability level, you may enjoy shorter skis better.

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Thanks the advice, I'm just not sure what you mean by whole foot.  Could you clarify that for me?  Also, what about my stance over my skis should I look at and work on?  thanks

 

I would like to see the you feel pressure from the ball of the foot to the heel. Looking how the tails wip around I have a feeling you are leveraged on the front of the ski and do not allow the whole ski to be controled which limits your turn shape to the quick Z.

 

Stance over the ski work on all the activities mentioned and try to feel all your joints flexing equally and not one more then the others. Think of standing against the arch and bending the ski. Keep moving with the ski's through the whole turn.

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Originally Posted by dirksuchy View Post

Both advises are right to the point!

 

Your action is now very abrupt and not initiated from your ankles. By whole foot is meant not feeling most pressures on your heel but on the whole foot. Also while turning... You're now kicking the backside of the ski around instead of initiating the turn from your ankle. Try to focus on the tip.

 

I agree with the comment about your attitude! You are doing fine already and I am convinced you'll learn fast!

 

Dirk

So what should I be doing to initiate the turn from my ankle?  Also everyone is saying to focus on the tip of my ski, what is it that I want the tip of my ski to be doing?  What should I be thinking in regards to the tip of my skis next time I get out there?
 

 



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Originally Posted by shoal007 View Post

I am very impressed that you trying to improve your skiing with only skiing 1x-2x/yr. You look like you've put considerable amount of time on the snow, more so than 80% of the public. If you are having a good time currently with the limited time on the snow why spend considerable amount of time trying to improve your technique? Although, I agree with all advice here -- tails following tips, forward stance and delayed pole plants. The skis to me look a little long for your ability level, you may enjoy shorter skis better.


Been skiing since I was a little little kid, always have loved it.  I definitely don't get nearly as much time on the slopes as I would like to.  In fact, I'm considering moving out to Utah for a year when I graduate college to live the ski bum life for a little while haha  I know I don't get a lot of time but I just want to know what I could be doing differently so I could ski these runs better.  I think I can ski pretty much anything and do it at least decently well but I'm interested in hearing about the little tweaks and changes I could make to maybe ski them very well eventually.

 

Thanks for all the advice so far! Keep it comin!

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mc - here is my unbiassed feedback. Fun skiing. Fun video. Great musc. Here we go. You need to develop better pressuring skills. When you ski in conditions like this you need to be able to flex and extend more and use the rebound more to your advantage. Let the rebound and gained momentum move you more up and down and not up and arround. Be more patient. Now you are rushing arround the fall line. You are practically jumping all the way arround. Then you are way too far in the back seat. The reason for this is that insted of extending your legs to put your hips forwards you extend to jump up and crank your skis arround. This results in you being in the back seat as you land. Insted, try to make the previous belly of the turn your jump ramp. Thats when you have the most pressure and thats when you should have your legs extended. Also, be more outside ski oriented. Lean out over it down the fall line. So, link turns, be patient, flex and extend more functionally.

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Originally Posted by mcl116 View Post

So what should I be doing to initiate the turn from my ankle?  Also everyone is saying to focus on the tip of my ski, what is it that I want the tip of my ski to be doing?  What should I be thinking in regards to the tip of my skis next time I get out there? 

 

 

OK, here we go.

Find a nice groomed flat piste where you can concentrate on the exercise, able to let speed raise without bothering you.

First, stand still, ski's parallel. Even on this flat piste your ski-points shouldn't point downwards now :-)

Your body is facing towards the point (far away) where you want to go. So your upper body is a bit twisted in regard to your ski's, ankles, knees and hip.

 

Now why are you not sliding down the hill...

Because the edges of your ski's are carved in the snow. Now try this:

Move your ankles so that your ski's will we flat on the snow, starting you to slide. Don't be surprised that if you do this the tip of your ski's will start pointing downwards,

Hey, you just made the start of your first turn from your ankles :-) No kicking involved..

Now finish that turn till you come to a stop. Then try the other side.

After that start combining turn after turn and then keep that feeling on steeper pistes. Concentrate on the feeling under your foot. It might tickle :-)

 

Enjoy!

 

Dirk

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