Originally Posted by jonskinny12
Okay, I've been lurking this site for a couple months now and just signed up to ask a question about how to turn properly. Here's a little background on me...
I used to ski a lot when I was in junior high and high school, mostly night skiing. My dad basically taught me how to snowplow when I was about 13 and everything else I've learned has been on my own on the mountain. I took about a 10 year break and just started up again within the last few weeks and plan to continue skiing very often. The problem is, since I've never had anybody teach me anything beyond snowplowing, that's how I turn. I basically turn my snowplow to the side or just ride on my outside ski, pointing in the direction I want to turn. I imagine you know what I'm talking about. I can make it down any blue without a problem and can make it down most blacks without too much trouble, even going over moguls. But I know I'm not doing it right and I could be a lot better (and last a lot longer) if I could just learn how to turn the right way.
Has anyone had a similar situation? Does anybody have any tips? I know I sound like a complete beginner here, and I guess I probably am, but with my own way of skiing I can go most places and have a lot of fun. I'd just like to get better. I've tried just moving my inside ski next to my outside ski after I'm already in the turn, but I'm usually pretty unstable when doing so and it doesn't feel like the natural way to do it.
I know this question is a hard one to answer without seeing a video or something, but any advice would really be appreciated!
Sounds like your dad started you on the same page that I got started on, but never turned the page for you, way back before the "gliding pivoting wedge" replaced the tortuous edging snowplow".
Page 1: straight line down the fall line (or in a direction of your choice, but why would you choose another direction) with skis parallel, open up a big snow plow with skis very heavily edged, fighting each other, each trying to turn in the opposite direction, put more weight on the outside ski so it wins the battle and turns you.
Here's the pages you are missing.
Page 2: notice that when you are in that snow plow turning right say, that your right ski is doing almost nothing, so why not pick it up and place it beside the outside ski (called stem christie).
Page 3: Hey, you are turning right using your outside ski, with your skis tipped to the right, your inside ski is beside it also tipped to the right, maybe helping a bit, Just skip the snowplow all-together and go straight to this stage, Just tip the skis, load them up and turn.
Page 4: explore initial steering angles, jump turns, body position, angulation, counter rotation, rythmic weighting, bending the tip more, play with fore-aft ballance, do interesting drills, cleaner carves, etc.
Page 5: Just go ski interesting terrain at speeds fast enough that when surprised, you have to turn now without thinking and have to adapt on the fly to bumps, trees, rocks, etc.
That being said, every single ski instructor says the new way to learn is better, but they may be biased (not saying they have a vested interest, just say'n).