Thanks for watching and for your comments.
Ryan Saunders is a great skier!
I think I kept my upper body pointed at the camera once I noticed Jim was taking pictures. The beginning of the run wasn't so good. I don't know why I was skiing like that, this is not a difficult run! Maybe trying to avoid bare spots, little rocks plus tired legs. It was late in the day.
I was hating Telemark early in the day and enjoying alpine technique on most of my turns until I saw some other guys who weren't skiing any better than me but appeared to be enjoying it. Just when I was getting the hang of it though, my legs started to go. Actually the fact that I've been bicycling 1100 miles/month helped and the fact that the run was only 350 vertical feet. I could ski it without stopping.
Originally Posted by Jamt
It was a few years since I telemarked so I could not call myself an expert. However, some of the basic principles carry over between fixed and loose heel.
What strikes me as an opportunity for improvement is upper/lower body separation.
Compare e.g. to Blake Saunders brother (Ryan) that appear in his videos
Actually ALL the basic principles apply except more evenly weighted skis and the lead change. In regards to lead change, I try to always be going into or coming out of Telemark position, never stuck in one position. At the fall line I'd like to be in the same position as an alpine skier and at transition have the greatest amount of downhill ski lead, but ideally not much more than a boot length between the two boots.
Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
Something is wrong with your binding heel pieces. I'd get that checked out.
I understand these bindings are out of production so repair may not be possible.
Other problems I see are too low Telemark and staying in it (hunting for a turn?), hands get too high or too far back, a double pole plant. I think the bobble was from leaning in. Anything else I'm missing? Any other ideas to help me improve? You don't need to be nordic certified to reply. Most of what I learned was in alpine clinics led by coaches with no freeheel experience and I didn't curtsy except a few times when no one was looking.