Here is the video Im going to comment on:
A general comment on the introduction skiers. I suspect they are from austria since that was the host and they are so many. Anyway, I dont know what they are up to other than linking edge locked carved turns in formations but if you look closer at how they are skiing you can clearly see that they extend at the end of the turn so that they are fully extended when they start the new turn. Both legs that is. As they start to tip into the new turn their new inside ski foot starts to flex and its fully flexed as they come through apex. IMHO the way these guys look as they come through apex it looks as good as it gets, the skiing is very efficient and the athletism of the skiers really shine through. Here, this is how I would like to be able to ski myself:
However, now comes the critical part from a tecnical standpoint.
We have been discussing ILE and OLF transitions for years now and all adapted to that kind of thinking. In a OLF turn we relese the turn by flexing our outside leg to match the flexion degree of the inside leg and let our hips and torso move across our skis into the new turn after witch we start to extend our new outside leg. In ILE we relese the old turn by extending our inside leg to match the extention of the outside leg and let our hips and torso vault over into the new turn that we start by flexing our new inside leg. If we combine this way of thinking with how we pressure the skis we will realize that in a ILE turn our hips are allways located in front and over the pressured ski(s) because as we flex the inside leg to tip we pressure the outside ski. Carving using OLF is no different from this standpoint. Our hips are allways in front and over the pressured ski, note ski and not ski(s), because when we flex our outside leg to match the flexion of the inside leg flexion there is no or little, insignificant anyway, pressure under our skis. This is atchieved by turn rebound, aggressive retraction of outside leg and a very quick transition.
Lets get back to the skiers in the red and white outfits. Are they using ILE or OLF? The answere is not ILE even if they are extending their inside leg at the end of the turn. The reason for this is that they are also extending their outside leg. Look closely at this frame capture:
See how the skier to the right has flexed his outside leg quite significantly compared to the skier to the left. The reason for this is that in the old days of straight skis up-unweighting was the trick to initiate a parallel turn if you did not want to wedge for the rest of your skiing days. Unweighting was, and still is,
done by an extention of your legs at turn initiation/transition. However, in order to extend you need to flex first. This leaves you with two options: at the end of the turn you abruptly flex and then extend or more elegantly you flex through out the whole turn. Even the flexion out. This is what the guys in the video are doing. Even if they dont need to unweight in order to turn. Its un-nesessary. When you carve arc to arc like this then you only need to tip. No skid angle needs to be set.
The frame capture displays annother usefull detail: pulling your feet back. Thats the outcome of extention from a flexed position. So now you should be able to pinnpoint this movement.
Annother thing to think about is what releses you from the turn. Will flexing your outside leg or extending your inside leg really send your CoM accross your skis into the new turn? Or is there something else going on? Why is timing so important? What elements do you play against each other? Dont need to anwere these questions just think about them.
Now lets look at the skiers in the short turns segment.
Woman skiing without helmet! Well, she has blond hair..... Relying heavily on extending at turn initiation. You can see this clearly at the beginning of the clip. She is caught extending over a small bump and looses snow contact as a result at 0:44. When she gets to the steeper segment past the camera this technique isnt working so well so she extends less. In the turn I liked the best at 0:55 she actually did a retraction turn. I think the skiing overall looked controlled, dynamic and functional. Very nice. Typical good instructor skiing.
Here I see a skier with racing back ground. Her upper body stays much more calm and is not moving as much up and down as the canadian skier. She is much smoother but also looking more static. That is nesessarily not a bad quality. Racers tend to minimize their movements. She is retracting her legs at transition and extending into the turn. This style is very reminiscent of the way the german wc women ski. Very good skiing.
The swedish woman is clearly struggling a bit. Her technique is to up-unweight and its not working very well in this segment. The uneven snow is causing her problems at the top and later on she is badly interfered with traffic. A sign of not being able to adapt to quick changes. She may also have been a bit unlucky here but I see her "give up" to easily. It was probably because noting really worked. Everything was wrong it seems. Im not putting sweden down but this womans skiing was not as good as the two first ones and I could not get a clear pickture of what kind of technique is thaught in sweden by looking at her.
Not much to say here really. Great great skiing. Compared to the three previous skiers particulary the first swiss stand out as an over the top athlete with very high skill level and very strong techniqe. He is using strong rebound in combination with some extention at transition in places to get a better pop. The ridge that caused problems for the third swiss and the girl from canada is no match for this buy. He crushes it and skiply skis through it as if it was nothing. He is actively tipping his inside leg and he is relesing his outside leg lifting it up out of the snow as he comes into transition. Look at how smooth he is:
The ultimate free skier. From a country specific technique standpoint the two next guys look more similair but they are not nearly as good on skis as the first guy. They are in closer stance but they also tip their inside leg and they also relese their outside ski at the end of the turn. However, they are primarily extending into transition in the old fascion way and skier number three is caught on a ridge when extending and launched up in the air at 2:27. The reason for this strong up movement at transition is that these guys typically ski and teach in resorts with the most demanding and versatile terrain in the world and needs to be able to ski all over the mountain. Not pure carving and gate racing. So they cannot get by with only tipping. Nobody can but on a flat groomer you can get very far that way.... down a one way street offcourse.
BLUE JACKET WHITE HELMET
Strong emphasis on up down up down. The guys is in the back seat a bit and even caught in the back seat once. Look at how much more forward oriented the first swiss guy was. Strong push off from outside ski. A-framing a bit. Turns not well rounded and scarved. On the flat this guy skis better. At the end of the segment. The steep part clearly caused some problems. And at the beginning of the clip his skiing looked forced and stiff.
GRAY PANTS RED JACKET
Im not very impressed by these guys. Strong emphasis on up down up down and pushing off the old outside ski. Not much unlike the blue/white skier.
This guy is clearly more lively and his skiing is bubbling with good and positive enery. He has no helmet. He is quite square to his skis and tries to find the pop out of his skis by porjecting his energy out of the turn in the direction of where his skis are going. I cannot pinnpoint his exact technique but I suspect he has not a very big clue himself. He is just a natural talent.
RED WHITE STRIPED JACKET
I like this guy. He is relesing the outside ski at the end of the turn and he is maintaining a very solid stance with his skis tracking round and even arcs. He is not making any retraction turns but he is also not extending into transition. The skiing looks fluid and he is comfortable in these conditions. No snow pile, ridge or steep pitch causes any hesitation.
This guy is relying heavily on going up for the transition. He gets some pop out of his skis that he cant really handle that well. He lacks the ability to absorb with his legs. Not much unlike the previous skier. Not just as fluent. He skis the steep very well. Note that he works more with his legs in the steeps. Very dynamic skiing.
I liked the first swiss guy the best but also the two last guys especially the guy in the red white striped jacket. All in all can be said that the europeans look very similar except for the the german girl. She was a bit static but I see a lot of potential in her skiing.