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This is closer to nailing level 2 skiing. Overall I like the smooth rhythym, round shape to the turns, little skidding and often engagement of the inside ski above the fall line (downhill edge). I see most of the same movements that I commented on earlier in the first clip, but they are reduced. You re making good progress.


Here is a laundry list of "nits". At the least, they should help your movement analysis skills just to see them. One theory of instruction says if we attack the underlying issues, the nits go away automatically. Another theory says that attacking the nits can facilitate the resolution of the underlying issues. Hopefully, one of these approaches will be helpful.


At 0:07 we see a rise over the skis transition. This is not "wrong". It's better than a "pop up" transition. But can you do a transition without any rise of the upper body as an alternative type of transition?


At 0:08 check out the toe knee nose alignment. Here, if you had vertical alignment your weight would be better centered. Do you see your inside hand low? Imitate this position at home and imagine raising that hand higher and shifting your hips slightly forward at the same time. That's where you need to be. You can use hand position as a "check" and repositioning of your hands as a cue to get your hips centered better. Another time honored tip is to expose your belly button to the wind. Also try the thousand steps (always stepping from ski to ski) and thousand shuffles (always shuffling your feet back and forth) drills.


At 0:10 your weight is back and you have not steered into counter. Also your downhill shoulder is higher off the snow than your uphill shoulder. Yes you were coming to a stop. But if you had needed to make another turn it would have been ugly and you could have come to a cleaner stop simply by finishing a cleaner turn. Two drills that can help here are picture frame and shoulders level to the snow. Picture frame is where you hold your poles (aka stalks) in the middle of the shaft and use them to "frame" an object at the bottom of the slope. Keep that object in the frame as you are making turns. For level shoulders the goal is to keep both shoulders the same height off the snow surface at all times. One variation is to ditch your poles and use a stick of bamboo held across the shoulders (not advised for people with shoulder problems). With your hands holding the bamboo in place, it's easier to tell how your doing and harder to cheat.


At 0:20 in your short radius turns, you are not getting the skis onto the inside edge above the fall line. This forces a cheat: twisting of the feet to turn the skis. If you let your hips flow across the skis in your larger radius turns, you'll be more comfortable letting the skis turn underneath the hips in your short turns. At 0:21 you are on your inside edges. Compare the results.


At 0:34 is a great picture of angulation. Notice how your right turns have less? Same as last time.


At 1:10 there is a nice pop off the snow. That kind of playfulness and excitement is a great undocumented thing that examiners look for. But at 1:14 a lack of counter necessitates upper body lean into the new turn and you get caught. One school of thought says that tipping of the feet should start the movement across the skis. Another school of thought says letting the hips flow can aid the tipping of the feet.  This turn at least proves that starting from the head does not work very well.


Have fun! That snow looks great. I'm jealous.

post #32 of 39
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone, I just got my level 2 today.


Thank you!!!

post #33 of 39

Congrats - did you get specific feedback?

post #34 of 39
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by TheRusty View Post

Congrats - did you get specific feedback?


Hmmm... I can, but I didn't ask that. 


But generally, my shrot turns are way better than my medium radius turns, and my free skiing are way better than my demo.


Another one month to go, I'll work on those thing you guys mention.

Thanks, again.

post #35 of 39

Well done! Interesting to hear your short turns are now better than your mediums. Did you spend a lot of time working on your shorties compared to you mediums then?

post #36 of 39

In our branch of PSIA, we get exam score cards from each examiner that includes written comments from the examiners and we also get the opportunity to discuss our results with the examiners. It's helpful info whether we pass or fail.


One of my pet projects is spreading the meme that the instructor certification process is mostly a road map for how to become a great instructor and a specific certification level is just a milestone on one path on the map. You've passed the level 2 milestone. Where do you go next? The level 3 milestone is pretty far down the road. At this point the directions to get there are pretty generic. You've just had the opportunity to have some of the highest level instructors in your country take an in depth look at your skills. Wouldn't it be great if they gave you some specific help for improving beyond level 2?

post #37 of 39
Thread Starter 
Hmm... Actually, I am so regret I didn't ask. I don't know why I didn't.
Exam day, I feel good about my shorty and feel bad about my mediums.
And my trainer always said I'm good on shorty.
So I am not surprise about the result, shorty got 7/10 and mediums got 5/10.
I think I try something new on my mediums in that day I took this clip, but I don't feel it really solid. 
So I just do my usually done on my exam.
I just find a new feeling about re-centre the day brfore exam, I may work on that now.
post #38 of 39

Well, we can all learn something from every experience. I don't think I've ever stressed the point to candidates ahead of time. Now you've learned something to tell your friends when they go for level 2 cert: use the opportunity at the end of the exam to talk to the examiners.  It's natural if one fails to want to know why, but there are plenty of reasons not to ask as well. My name was not mentioned, but I got publicly dinged for quickly leaving my first level 3 exam without taking advantage of discussing my results with my examiners. What my criticizer did not know was that I had a 10 hour drive to get home and had to work the day job the next day AND that I was well aware of the primary issue that all 3 examiners noted (even the one that passed me). I had received feedback before the exam that the issue was addressed. I didn't see the need for discussion because I already had suggestions for how to fix the problem and thought I just needed more work. It's also a natural feeling to pass an exam and feel so much relief that is very hard to ask the question "what is next?" So use your experiences to know better when you go for level 3 and to help your friends as they prepare for exams. Maybe someone will learn this simply from reading this thread! Thanks for sharing!

post #39 of 39
Thread Starter 

Got a new short turns video few weeks ago.




I might take APSI Level 3 on this oz season.


Any thing I should work on it?


I'm thinking about work on early edge and round turn sharp.

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