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what are you working on skill-wise, this year to up your skiing game?

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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!wink.gif)....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)

 

and you?.....


Edited by canali - 1/20/13 at 1:14pm
post #2 of 15
More counter in the bumps and steeps. Perfecting stance(if this can ever really be done)!
post #3 of 15

I continue to work on my race technique. I have already taken one race clinic this season.  I joined a race league only 6 years ago which was the beginning of my race career at age 52 at the time.  Have a 2nd, 3rd and 4th so far this season.  I never new that racing was so much fun and it has brought my free skiing game up.

 

In 3 weeks when I am at Whistler, I am taking a 2 day steeps clinic to sharpen my off piste skills.

 

I truly believe that if you don't strive to learn and get better all the time then you will stagnate and eventually regress to a former comfott level.

 

Rick G

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Minor: When I'm carving with a wide (for me) stance on firm groomers, I have a thing where my feet tend to drift together in the transition before moving back to shoulder / hip width in rest of the turn. You can see it in my tracks. No doubt this is yet another artifact from learning to ski in 1968! My new turns start earlier and cleaner when I don't make this mistake, but it takes a lot of conscious effort to lose the habit.
 

Major: Working on being patient, looking way ahead, and letting the skis move straight through the snow, tail following tip, in ALL turns in ALL conditions. Yes, even in the trees. It feels SO GOOD when I manage it.

post #5 of 15

I'm working on transitioning from a tail-gunning wanna be DH speed skiing specialist into a more versatile skier.  This year's goal is climbing out of the back seat and making tighter turns.

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 For me it is a case of very much "back to basics" I have had surgery this year and it is taking somewhat longer to get back on my feet than hoped.

 

 Previous to the surgery I was a solid intermediate, we will see where I'm at when I hit Val d'isere in February, I have 3 lessons booked to try and work it out.

 

  I may have to try out riggers as opposed to poles as my balance has been compromised, frankly I don't care much HOW I get out there as long as I CAN get out there!

post #7 of 15

For me, it is about foot steering and ankles.

 

Mike

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Originally Posted by lilywhite View Post

 For me it is a case of very much "back to basics" I have had surgery this year and it is taking somewhat longer to get back on my feet than hoped.

 

 Previous to the surgery I was a solid intermediate, we will see where I'm at when I hit Val d'isere in February, I have 3 lessons booked to try and work it out.

 

  I may have to try out riggers as opposed to poles as my balance has been compromised, frankly I don't care much HOW I get out there as long as I CAN get out there!

 

Same here. Recovering from a non-ski related tib/fib. I was an advanced skier and now I'm finding it tough just to get into intermediate slopes with bumps. Having to retrain my leg to skiing forces; you can't duplicate it in the gym even with a ski trainer.

post #9 of 15

flexion - extension. It's the way I used to ski more, and recently abandoned. getting back to it to save energy. Also soft relaxed feet to release the edges in tough spots (not tensing up).

post #10 of 15

Usual thing every season.  The end goal is about enjoyment of the wonderful feelings of skiing in a wide range of mostly advanced terrain without interest conquering gnarly stuff.    Spend early season building up muscel strength so the body can consistently do what the old mind already figured out years before.  Usually sometime into a season given enough skiing days I rise to that level where legs and lower back are strong enough that I can lay down short turns pretty much anywhere I need to without hesitation. 

 

Then can get into the real work of continuing to work on flowing through terrain smoothly with least effort.   Whether groomed, powder, or moguls have never been interested in going through terrain at high speed but rather smoothly and enjoyably with least effort, rebounding off the flex of skis.  And that takes getting subtly in tune with one's body position, edging, and balance so it feels right.

post #11 of 15

Foot pullback and earlier counter (both kinds) in top of turns, resulting in better ski usage and performance. Hold counteracting through release to gain power. More discipline with my hands.

post #12 of 15

In addition to alpine technique, working on bettering my Tele techniques; earlier foot pull back and linked carves.

post #13 of 15

I am working on making rounder turns, practicing patience and letting the skis come round on their own.

post #14 of 15

I consider myself an advanced skier after 20+ years on blues and blacks.  3 years after a 10 year break I've begun to question elements of my technique, particularly with regard to stance.  I only had one lesson back when I was 12 and learned from good skiers and lots of practice after that.

 

I purchased the first two Building Block DVD's from yourskicoach.com aka Rick from here on the forum.  I plan on starting at the beginning of the drills and seeing what I truly do right.  So, I'm working on everything! smile.gif

 

http://www.yourskicoach.com/YourSkiCoach/Your_Ski_Coach_Home.html

post #15 of 15

Dolphin turns done smoothly, at low speed, again.  Right now know how a blue whale breaching feels.  Don't think my skis are supposed to make loud sounds as the tails come down.

 

This is beginning to feel like a quest.

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