what are you working on skill-wise, this year, to up the level of your skiing game?
I am reading lito tejada-flores' delightful 'Breakthrough on the new skis: say goodbye to the intermediate blues'...he notes that most skiers (even experts) if candid, are always trying to refine their skill level or work through some barrier, in order to keep improving (that's what is wonderful about skiing, or any passionate hobby, is that it's an ongoing journey of ''problem solving''). I've often asked my ski instructor at any time (say when on the chair lift) and they're in the same boat, regardless of level....and they, too, are always working on something.
For me, given i started this thread, it's
1/ moving more down a narrower fall line in shorter radius turns on steeper slopes, better understanding how much upper/lower body separation is required, as well as weight transition at the right points,
as well as
2/ going faster in both medium and larger radius turns down steeper slopes, and not being worried about 'crashing and burning'
things that have helped me:
becoming more assertive in my skiing, instead of reacting passively to the terrain in question, taking a more assertive stance, trying to act as the captain of the ship and hence driving my skis (thanks kastle mx78!)....softening lower leg for more bend, more ankle flexion...'kicking the ball along the slope' on outer/lower ski to get a better carve on it, while pulling in upper leg for better allignment and angulation, all the while facing down the fall line...having a more narrow stance and working on balance on one leg (of course in steeps the narrower stance doesn't necessarily apply)
Edited by canali - 1/20/13 at 1:14pm