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MA before my first real skiing in 3+ years

post #1 of 7
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Hey guys,


I've been a long time lurker here and thought I'd give this a try:


It's been 3 years since I've hit the slopes in any appreciable form.  In that time I've gotten married, settled down, blah blah blah.  I mention that because I no longer have any intention of playing around in the park (what I bought my skis for), doing stupid stuff and giving myself concussions off of jumps that I probably shouldn't have attempted in the first place.


With that in mind, the skis I have are 179cm K2 public enemy.  I've got them mounted at +5, so not completely center core but pretty far forward.  I've had my stance analyzed at Viking Ski shop in Chicago where they put in custom inserts in my boots and little plastic risers under the bindings to help my knock kneed stance.  As you can probably tell, it doesn't really help that much. 


So, I know I've got the wrong skis for moguls and groomers and the mounting is probably a bit wrong, but I'm poor at the moment and don't have time to remount the bindings/get new skis before my first real trip in 3 years this weekend:  Park City, Utah.


Since I'm a firm believer that technique > gear, any advice would be appreciated.  I'm pretty humble, I know I suck and need a ton of work.


Video one:




Video two:




My goal is just to become a better skier in general.  I don't like not being good at things, and I'll genuinely work on any suggestions I get.  I'll even sign up for a lesson once I get out west if anyone has some recommendations in the area.




post #2 of 7

Aaron, wellcome to epic. You would benefit from the short turn and bump threads that are up and running. In the first video you ski the top part completely differently to the bottom part. The reason is that at the top you have bumps and at the bottom you dont. The reason you struggle in the bumps is that you depend on your extend to up-unweighting technique. It works quite badly in bumps because you extend when you are passing over the ridge of a bump. So your flexing and extending pattern is working the wrong way arround.


On the other hand, I dont think that you need to focus that much on becomming a better skier. You already ski very well. Be prepared to never become good enough. Be prepared to always want to become better. So my advice is to relax and ski. Check out the short turn and bump threads and find out how to flex through the transition. And how to read the bump field to be able to navigate through it.


Also focus on areas where you want to improve. Bumps for instance. Or powder. Or carving on a groomer.

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Thanks for the feedback.  Before I badger you with too many questions, do you have some specific threads/links in mind about the short turn/bumps discussion?  There's a wealth of knowledge on this forum and any advice to narrow down my search params would be beneficial.




post #4 of 7

Just so you know, Aaron, there's nothing wrong with an extension to start a turn in bumps as long as the extension is toward downhill and you apply pressure to your tips so they go downhill too.  There's more than one way to approach bump skiing.


It's pretty difficult to learn new  stuff via the internet.  Make your next ski trip to one of the EpicSki Academy events.  And bring along your bride.


TDK6 is correct about one thing:  Skiing better becomes addictive.

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Here's a quickie program for a short lesson:


Here's what I see: Bending at the hips, Wedge turn entries, Shopping for turns, Tips not maintaining snow contact.

Here's what I want to see: Upright upper body, simultaneous edge changes, continuous turning, tips contacting the backside of the bumps

Here's how to get there:

1) Hop to shape drill - two footed leap and the end of a turn, edge change in the air, absorb landing and attempt to carve the turn finish

2) Skate to shape drill - Skate straight downhill on a steep green run and gradually transition to short radius turns.

3) Practice tactic of taking extra turns beyond what the rut line gives you

4) Absorption drill - traverse across mogul run without losing ski to snow contact


There are a lot of good things I see happening in this skiing (e.g. staying mostly in the fall line, getting recentered in the middle of the turns, effective use of skidding for speed control). There are many different possible directions an instructor could go for taking your skiing to a higher performance level. You've got lots of options that could work for you. Welcome back, enjoy the ride and explore the possibility of trading up from those twin tips.

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TR has great advise for you and btw, there are some really good elements in your skiing.  One movement that will help you a lot is absorbing by moving your skis to your body isntead of moving your body to your skis.  This will change that squatty, folded position and keep you more over your skis.


Ron White

post #7 of 7
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Hey guys, thanks for the advice.


Here's a follow up from my second day out in Utah.   I'm not sure I've learned anything yet, but I'll keep working at it the rest of the season. 




Again, thanks for all the help!



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