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Terrain, low intermediate, small bumps. Conditions wet granular. Skier, 56 years old, skis 5 to 10 days a year. First day of this season. I don't think this is my best skiing, but probably a pretty fair snapshot of how I ski now. I would like to ski better. Any suggestions? confused.gif

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z43E8r00j0&list=UUzwnoHIuEAl3IwHfQagvF9w&index=1

post #2 of 10

Something is wrong with your binding heel pieces. I'd get that checked out. cool.gif

post #3 of 10

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

 

post #4 of 10
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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. smile.gif 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. biggrin.gif 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. icon14.gif

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Originally Posted by Jamt View Post

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.

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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post

Something is wrong with your binding heel pieces. I'd get that checked out. cool.gif

 

I understand these bindings are out of production so repair may not be possible. confused.gif

 

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.

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When was this?  I believe I saw you, I recognize the ribbon on the poles.  Do you ski 7 Springs regularly?  A lot of good tele instructors there, you should check out Telepalooza in February. 

 

As far as your skiing, you seem to have already hit the nail on the head.  You ski into counter better as the video goes on, and a few turns you seem to be back a little.  Could be tired legs.  Also, the hands get pretty lazy.  Keep em up and keep punching the uphill hand down, this will keep you out of the back seat as well as help drive some of the counter rotation.  You also seem to bank a good bit.  Develop angles by keeping your shoulders a little more level.  Lots of drills can help with that. 

 

I like the pacing of the lead change, and I like that you release and change edges before starting the lead change at transition.  Better tele skiing than 95% of the free-heelers  I see, especially on the first day with tired legs.   


Edited by PaSucks - 12/18/12 at 6:39pm
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Saturday, Dec. 19th. I'm not a regular there, but an early season visit to Seven Springs has often begun my ski season and I've been there a few times for Epicski gatherings and other events. I haven't made Telepalooza yet. I might this year.

 

Thanks for the comments. I forgot to think about my hands the whole day. How long do you have to think about this stuff before it becomes natural?? The "lazy" hands, leaning back and banking are long time deeply ingrained habits. I think I have decreased the amount, in other words I used to have even  lazier hands, sat farther back and leaned farther in. I think I have made some progress, but still need to work on these things. I forgot to think about all of these. I mostly was thinking about trying to control my little toe edges (balance) and the pacing of the lead change.

 

I tried to angulate on some bigger turns but not in this video. What are some drills to increase angulation, decrease banking?

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Saturday, Dec. 19th.

Hey man, was this a few years ago or did you get your calender the same place you got those faulty binders?

=)

post #8 of 10
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Oops, Dec.15th. I got binders full of women.

post #9 of 10

Don't blame your binders.

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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

 

I tried to angulate on some bigger turns but not in this video. What are some drills to increase angulation, decrease banking?

 

Airplane turns: make arms wings, keep them level throughout the turn

 

Reach outside hand to outside boot

 

Also, I find that especially with tele vs. alpine, skiing into counter makes angulation much easier.  As you came towards the camera, your angulation improved, much like your counter. 

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