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post #61 of 76

My technique can always use improvement.  BUT.  I am going to go into the season lighter and stronger and my goal this year is to stay light and stronger as the season progresses.  Usually I take too many days off and end up soft my March.  At my age I realize that I really can't to that and get away with it anymore.   Cat skiing in BC, and one good road trip - depending on where the snow is laying.   Am in Golden BC tonight and went up and looked at Kicking Horse today maybe that will be the road trip.

post #62 of 76

I will learn to ski steep chopped up powder runs making round turns efficiently with a quiet upper body (shoulders held 90 degrees to the fall line) while maintaining full control and speed. Taking individual private lessons will be my way to accomplish this goal. I have had 2 group lessons on this skiing technique and I find it to be a very addictive way to ski. One group lesson was at Snowbird where I accomplished skiing steep groomers this way.But when we hit the chopped up powder steeps I fell or lost control. I realize I need to take some private individual lessons to succeed at this. It will be expensive but fun.

 

I will also take some private individual lessons on skiing moguls to learn the back pedaling method or so called Mogul Absorption Method that I've read about on this forum. Already had one private lesson for moguls but the instructtor taught me to carve through the bumps. it worked. I never fell or stopped and went down some hairy bumped up steeps, but I felt I didn't really have control. And it felt like I was doing it wrong, a little hard to explain. The Absorption Method make the most sense for skiing moguls so that's what I'll do.

 

Thank god there's ski instructors. I rank them high with bootfitters and good cooks. I always give a them a good tip.

post #63 of 76
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I will learn to ski steep chopped up powder runs making round turns efficiently with a quiet upper body (shoulders held 90 degrees to the fall line) while maintaining full control and speed. Taking individual private lessons will be my way to accomplish this goal. I have had 2 group lessons on this skiing technique and I find it to be a very addictive way to ski. One group lesson was at Snowbird where I accomplished skiing steep groomers this way.But when we hit the chopped up powder steeps I fell or lost control. I realize I need to take some private individual lessons to succeed at this. It will be expensive but fun.

 

I will also take some private individual lessons on skiing moguls to learn the back pedaling method or so called Mogul Absorption Method that I've read about on this forum. Already had one private lesson for moguls but the instructtor taught me to carve through the bumps. it worked. I never fell or stopped and went down some hairy bumped up steeps, but I felt I didn't really have control. And it felt like I was doing it wrong, a little hard to explain. The Absorption Method make the most sense for skiing moguls so that's what I'll do.

 

Thank god there's ski instructors. I rank them high with bootfitters and good cooks. I always give a them a good tip.

My favorite kind of snow/run!  Love crud skiing!

post #64 of 76

Making my legs move the same way they do when I ski backwards, when I ski forwards.

 

BIG credit to the staff at Elk mountain PA for this.   If you want me to explain it to you, PM me
 

post #65 of 76

Yep, Thats it, skiing behind smokin hot women in tight pants and have them follow me looking at my tight pants. But seriously, to look at one focus, it would be to achieve more synmetry in my lower joints. focus- ankles and knees. Thanks for asking. Getting my mind back into the ski game!!!!!!

 

P.S. I don"t ware tight pants anymore. Warning- One never knows what the future may bring.

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post #66 of 76

Steeps.

post #67 of 76

The short answer is that I'm going to focus on skiing faster. But that's kind of vague and non-specific. I don't mean I'm going to start straightlining, but that I'm going to work on generating/maintaining more speed while turning. So basically what I mean by that is I am going to focus on making clean, carved turns and minimize skidding, and stop using unnecessary pivots at the start of a new turn. This pretty much means I will have to purge 25 years of lazy habits from my skiing. This will actually probably take many small steps of focus. My first area of focus will be to eliminate the divergence I notice in my skis at the beginning of my turns. But to keep the focus on doing something new instead of not doing something old, I guess I mean I will work on keeping my skis parallel throughout the turn. 

post #68 of 76
T- I am a hard charging, powder seeking, cliff hucking skiier. But I would be a liar to claim I have a lot of technical knowledge, and that it sad. My technical goal may seem vague, but I want to take more pride in the sport I love, and become more technically sound (terminology, visualization, feel, and execution). I read technical comments on here and am ignorant to quite a few. I want to remedy that this season !

E- I want to dial in my boots a little better early in the season. I have a couple of pressure points to grind out and maybe some real footbeds. Mount my sth 16 on my pow sticks .

P- I want to continue to work on flexibility and leg strength so that I am ready when the season starts and not not a couple weeks in. I love to hike and go off piste, so I when the snow comes I have the strength to not only hike relentlessly, but ski strong after those gassers. wink.gif

P- I took a gnarly spill late last year, so I want to get back on the horse and not be hesitant on the big drops n sketchy lines. Move my mind from just skiing, to being technically conscious.
post #69 of 76

1. I want to learn how to ski off piste well... am from Ontario so trips out west are my only real option. Had one last year and did not take as much advantage as I should have.

2. I want to learn how to ski bumps well... last year I froze when I stared at the steepest hill with the biggest bumps I ever tried when I barely did any bump skiing prior. I eventually talked my self into trying it and fell twice. I want to make that does not happen again, at least the freezing in fear part.

3. Improve the little bit of carving I "think" I can do now

post #70 of 76

ski FASTER!!! ski.gif

post #71 of 76
The big "B" balance, and the big "P" patience.
Edited by DannyMcD - 11/18/12 at 7:07am
post #72 of 76

Double bodyweight back squat, and as much counter-balance as early as possible.

post #73 of 76
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as much counter-balance as early as possible.

Why?

post #74 of 76

finishing the csia 4...

post #75 of 76

One thing? ... Balance, balance, balance.

post #76 of 76

I had two massive hernia's repared in early May.  In essense I have been skiing for the last 10 years plus without pelvic floor muscles or lower abbs. I always kidded that I didn't have abbs but was still taken back to find out it was actually true.  Since June I took up mountain biking single track with the goal of becoming very fit and becoming fairly proficient at mountain biking by the start of ski season.

 

Well I am very fit with my college age body back but every time I thought I was getting good at mountain biking I would open another door of knowledge only to find out I had just scratched the surface. Headed out west this spring for skiing and will take in some time for mountain biking Moab or Fruita. Picked up a Specialized S Works Stumpjumper FSR and can't wait to ride it out there next spring.  

 

As for skiing goals....hmmm. Well for me my skiing is not too bad.  I will take up telemark again as I let that go with health problems. Will try pipe and park along with snowboarding. More diversity, more fun.  

 

My real interest is in a very in depth understanding of the skiing concepts and how they inter-relate to movements analysis.  What I want is the teaching ability to really convey the difficult concepts in a simple and very understandable way.  For the last month I have been cross referencing many sources to pick up on understandings and conveyances that I are missed by concentrating on one source at a time.   I would really like to shorten the time for learning in my students down many fold.  So many people struggle with things like how to achieve balance all the time on the outside ski.  How that balance is related to the inside core and how to use the inside core to achive balance.  How the inside core relates to edging, upper/lower body separation and skiing in and out of counter.  How to time it all and make it happen.  What roll rocker plays in dynamic skiing. In other words, how to go from an advanced level II skier/instructor to an expert level III ripper.   I think this goal is worth a very in depth study far beyond where I have taken it before.  Even D team'ers struggle with conveying difficult concepts in skiing.

 

I think the end result can only improve my own skiing and demos.  I guess at this point my interests lay more in going overboard in giving back to the sport than tedious hedonistic improvements of my own skiing that are more apt to screw up my skiing than improve it.   Sorry if that seems stupid to anyone else.

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