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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hello the senior ski instructors on the forum,

 

In this video I'm skiing some steep, off-piste runs a few days after the storm where the snow is setup.  I'm a life long skier and the only coaching I've had was 30 years ago when I skied on the Whistler Freestyle Team.  All the coaching was for mogul skiing.  In terms of freeskiing I'm self taught.  I've got too much up-unweighting in my skiing and was hoping someone could give me a couple tips to work

on.  Me: 51yrs, 6 ft., 200 lbs..  Thanks in advance 

 

 

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post #2 of 7

Good skiing.

 

As you move into the new turn you need to extend your ankles.  Currently they are just stuck.  This will help generate more performance, speed and control.

post #3 of 7

Why are you the only guy skiing in such perfect conditions? Castle Mountain looks like a great place. Your a good skier. I particulary like the segment where you ripp past the kid smile.gif.

 

Your skiing is based strongly on up-unweighting. I would like to see you work more with your legs. Try to flex through the transition and extend into the turn. This way you will be calming down your upper body. Then you should IMO close your stance a bit because now you are not platforming efficiently. Just skied with one guy a bit like you. Skis allways a bit wide and slightly in the back seat. Nice short turns though. But your are the king of the hill most of the time. Great skiing.

post #4 of 7

I think great skiing, and in fact you're at a level I would have great difficulty trying to improve, but I'm going to try a couple of suggestions.

 

1. something funky going on with the arms, they seem a bit wild at times, it's not a major problem, just a bit of fine tuning.

 

2. Try and make smoother the vertical motion. Smooth up and smooth down.

 

I could be wrong, you're a good strong skier,  and look great cruising down the mountain. The things I've recommended are little things.

post #5 of 7

Nice skiing.  Nice video.

 

At :32 and :47 there are two things that stick out. 

 

At :47 you can see you're in the back seat.

 

At :32 you can see where you pole plants come from; inside.  You appear to be stabbing the snow hard with your poles.  Very similar to how many folks ski bumps.  I'm takiing for granted this comes from all your mogul skiing and coaching.  I think that because your bringing your hand inside your body's profile to start the pole plant, you aren't extending down the mountain (see :47).  Reaching down the mountain with your pole will help you do that.  Instead your pole plant seems to happen right next to your body and it seems more of a blocking pole plant.  You don't need to flex your elbow to to make the pole plant.  Leave your arms semi (comfortably) flexed and reach down the mountain; your body will have to follow  The pole plants you are doing apear to be adding to your upwheighting.

 

Granted, some of the terrain you were in is moguly and seemed appropriate but in the beginning of the video, it wasn't and your were skiing the same way.

 

I know you asked for comments from senior instructors.  I'm and isntructor that is a senior.  Does that count?

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your feedback; much appreciated.  I think you are bang-on with your observation about the transition and needing to use the legs more to extend into the turn.  What I notice in the steeper off-piste segment is that my skis are off the snow for the top part of the "c".   I think all the early years of crashing down those mogul runs in competition caused me to not develop a proper transition since in fast, fall-line mogul skiing the transition involves absorption and then a brief edge set on the next mogul whereas in freeskiing and racing, the transition should evolve into the top of the next "c". 

 

And yes, Castle is indeed a great place to ski.  Castle is like a time capsule where skiing feels like 40 years ago with few people, older chairlift technology, untracked lines days after the storm and terrain that feels like backcountry.  Very steep mountain, huge amounts of snow and extreme weather both good and bad.  One of the most windy areas in North America.  Tracks from previous day filled over-night just from wind-sift even when it didn't snow. 

 

Thanks again - very good feedback for me to work on.  Never too old to learn and improve.

 

Take care.

 

John P.

 

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Originally Posted by tdk6 View Post

Why are you the only guy skiing in such perfect conditions? Castle Mountain looks like a great place. Your a good skier. I particulary like the segment where you ripp past the kid smile.gif.

 

Your skiing is based strongly on up-unweighting. I would like to see you work more with your legs. Try to flex through the transition and extend into the turn. This way you will be calming down your upper body. Then you should IMO close your stance a bit because now you are not platforming efficiently. Just skied with one guy a bit like you. Skis allways a bit wide and slightly in the back seat. Nice short turns though. But your are the king of the hill most of the time. Great skiing.



 

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 


Hello L&AirC,

 

You bet it counts to be a senior instructor in my books.  You guys have the ability to analyze details in a way that can really help.    Good ideas about the pole-plant.  I think reaching a bit more down the fall-line might lead to a better transition.  In mogul skiing it was always about keeping the chest pointed directly down the fall line and all skiing movement was "waist-down" which can lead to some wierd techniques in freeskiing.  I've got a few life-long habits to break!

 

Thanks again.
 

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Originally Posted by L&AirC View Post

Nice skiing.  Nice video.

 

At :32 and :47 there are two things that stick out. 

 

At :47 you can see you're in the back seat.

 

At :32 you can see where you pole plants come from; inside.  You appear to be stabbing the snow hard with your poles.  Very similar to how many folks ski bumps.  I'm takiing for granted this comes from all your mogul skiing and coaching.  I think that because your bringing your hand inside your body's profile to start the pole plant, you aren't extending down the mountain (see :47).  Reaching down the mountain with your pole will help you do that.  Instead your pole plant seems to happen right next to your body and it seems more of a blocking pole plant.  You don't need to flex your elbow to to make the pole plant.  Leave your arms semi (comfortably) flexed and reach down the mountain; your body will have to follow  The pole plants you are doing apear to be adding to your upwheighting.

 

Granted, some of the terrain you were in is moguly and seemed appropriate but in the beginning of the video, it wasn't and your were skiing the same way.

 

I know you asked for comments from senior instructors.  I'm and isntructor that is a senior.  Does that count?



 

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