Originally Posted by DutchMike
I'm new to this forum and enjoy reading through the different posts! It's great. I just started skiing this season and I'm learning a lot from the feedback people are getting. I was hoping that someone could perhaps also give me a bit of feedback on a video that I posted.
I'm 33 and started skiing this season. The video was made last weekend, on my 12th day of skiing. I feel I'm having problem with keeping my weight forward, my body facing the valley and keeping my skis parallel. I also lose grip when conditions are icy and I'm having problems with keeping control when I go a bit faster. Are there any specific drills that I could work on to improve my skiing? I really want to get better! It's an awesome sport!
The video is really long, but I guess you will see in the first 5 seconds what is wrong :-)
Thanks a lot for any feedback!
Hey, congratulations for getting out and starting a new sport, 12 days of skiing and you are manuuvering around the mt.and having fun, great.
Weight forward: try to stand up a bit more with less knee bend but flex the ankle joint more ( close the ankle joint, open the knee joint), another way to look at it is to pull the feet back to keep them under your body / butt instead of getting out in front of you in a runaway train type situation.
Body facing down hill: think of this as the upper body is stable while the lower body is turning underneath you, this will also be helped by turning your legs 1) simultaneously 2) turning legs/feet more thru the turn across the slope , rounder "C" shape to your turns versus the current long drawn out " S" shape you are doing. This will allow you to start exploring some steeper terrain if you wish when you can do short round turns.
Parallel skis will come about by turning legs/feet simultaneously, release of the edges at same time, 2 right edges to go right, 2 left edges to go left
A lot to work on but you have done so much already in regards to getting out and sliding around having fun and in control of where you are going on the shallow terrain you are on. Oh that's not really ice, our color of it is battleship grey ha ha, have fun out there.