I think the older stuff is me trying to fool around with that inside ski. I have been pretty much been a self taught all the way up until this year (it’s my first year teaching). So a couple of seasons ago I skied only on that outside ski. Last season I had a crazy wide stance and skied only on that inside ski (ice was a nightmare). And now this season I am trying to get back into neutral. When I was younger I had a really stiff stance, very little bend, and this caused a lot of back seat action. So maybe that’s maybe I tend to curl up… I don’t know. But I have been told by other ski instructors that even in recent shots of this video I need a taller stance.
If I do go for my level II next season it will probably only be the skiing part of it, and then take the teaching the next year. But who knows… I actually taught synchronized skiing for my level I lol.. and that’s not a very level I kind of task.
I have never heard of the term “park and ride,” but I will definitely look into it. I can see that in the video. Whenever I do long radius turns I tend to just turn the tips and then wait until I have to turn them again to make the next turn. Thanks for the input.
Good stuff here. Before I did my level 1 I actually trained for it (little did I realize no one else in my group did and the examiner gave us all the instructions we needed). I got a copy of a DVD that has all the level I, II, and III exam tasks. So I have actually done the pivot slips a little. The way that I tried to approach it was to stare at one spot and try to keep your upper body pointed there while your lower body is working. Take a look at this picture.
In this picture I am trying to keep my body positioned on one spot... maybe I am just keeping my head in one spot and then moving everything else? Is that why there is still some upper body movement?
This is the comment I am trying to get at, “you are creating countered body positions through rotation of the upper body vs letting countered positions develop by letting the lower body rotate more than the upper body.”
I would like to go to the pro jam, but I think it’s going to happen right in the middle of my college finals. So I doubt I will go to it. This is my first year teaching at Seven Springs, so I still have a lot to learn about the teaching side of the level II (that’s why I might split it up into 2 years… first year skiing, next year teaching). However, we do have an examiner on staff here. He is very good, but lots of people show up for his training, so he isn’t going to sit there and critique everything you do. Unless you don’t have something specific to ask him, he will go through different drills and things he may have planned out for the clinic… but then again those drills might fix the problem without even having to ask him anything.
I was about to get rid of that little slip up, but I am glad I kept it. About the YouTube video: I like the carving turns in the video so I “tried” to do that in the 1st segment, how I skied 3 months ago. I look nothing like that, but I was trying to imitate the large stance and the heavy usage of the inside ski.
Thanks, I am actually looking into getting new skis, do you have any suggestions? I was looking at the post about the blizzard bushwacker skis… they look like something good for my area. Not great powder or tree skis, but good on groomers and in the bumps.
Ahh yes… the old good news - bad news - good news. Always keep it positive on both ends.. Always a favorite of mine.
I was actually skiing with a member (or former member, not quite sure) of the CSIA during the Blue Knob GTG here on epicski. And he was saying a lot of the same things that you’re telling me. I am glad you liked my mogul skiing… moguls aren’t a big thing in the level II exam, but being good at them helps. Not saying I am all that great at them… but I can get at least some rhythm in them.