To me to fix there mogul skiing would be easy with the pole flick notice there poles are not out far enough to the tip of the ski and not at the same time of releasing the edges to go to the next turn.
Great skiing guys! Trevor is looking really smooth and Shane looks like he's healthy enough to "let'm rollllll"! It sure doesn't look like they are working with a "terrible coach" or getting "bad instruction". LOL (keep it up guys, some of the comments are priceless )
I really like how you "back up what you say" with video and this latest video doesn't disappoint. It would really add to the discussion if more critical and outspoken mogul skiing members had access to a video camera or a cell phone even. It seems they are much more committed to convincing the admins to hit the BAN / DELETE button than they are interested in actually helping skiers improve their experience. Waste of bandwidth IMO.
The turning mechanics are so clear when watching the slow motion. The skiing actually looks fast, almost real time, but when the video moves to normal speed, the turns simply rip and flow. It shows how the boys drive their skis forward/ extend their knees into the turn finish off the mogul sidewall and the knees flex from compression. There's NO positive knee flexion to absorb the terrain, they don't even think about it as it happens naturally through the ski shovels lineally at the turn finish.
The "Old Man" is putting it together too, that looks like some VERY FIRM snow CVJ, but you had a bunch of turns that made it look like conditions were much softer. It looks like your getting ready to compete in the "over 60 tour" in a few years! LOL
I agree with your call on the Swiss Demo Team skiers, they all have that "bad" over blocking pole plant that finishes with the sideways stab, hands are very low. Same problem that is holding BWPA back, it doesn't allow the skier to generate the shovel pressure needed (can't get forward enough) to hook up the edges early in the high "C" and the problems continue with the sideways stabbing pole plant that keeps the skier late in the pole plant mechanics and back slightly, actual pole plant is way back. You'll see in the next turn, because the skier isn't forward enough, they have to pull their hand (over blocking pole plant) across their chest again to "PULL" their tips around to initiate the next turn, instead of simply retracting and rolling onto the new edges with pressure to initiate the new direction change.
Look how their tips stay much more in the fall line than Trevor and Shane's tips do, they are "PULLING" their tips through the fall line to catch up. I guess some would consider this "dynamically balanced"...
I know this critique sounds harsh, but it is what it is. I do give them a lot of credit for aggressively skiing the course and trying to turn through it and get on their edges. They simply need to get quicker and more forward, focusing on developing an offensive downhill reaching pole plant would probably get them there quickest, coupled with losing the over blocking movements that are holding them back. Where have I seen this before?
Just like BWPA, the Swiss Team would have problems skiing the technical line because of their weak pole plants and lack of quickness. When the hand comes across the chest prior to the pole plant, there's simply not enough time to reach it out forward which holds the chest COM to far back for to long which hinders the skier from generating early shovel edge pressure to initiate the next turn.
It just goes to show how even some of the Best Demo Team members (Ski Instructors) don't realize the importance or understand the mechanics and timing of a crisp forward reaching pole flick when skiing natural terrain or man made zipperlines for that matter. They should read some of these EPIC bump skiing threads, the Canadian's are getting a big head start by participating here and getting "cutting edge" or is it "old school" mogul skiing tips for FREE!
Hey "Backseat Boys", here's a tip.
It is much easier and quicker to move pressure "back" form an aggressive forward position than it is to "get back forward" from a backseat position. That's where I'm at, get forward and stay forward, it's never been a problem of mine to move pressure back, trouble always comes from getting to far back and being late..Edited by Nailbender - 9/30/11 at 6:35pm