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post #1 of 16
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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!

post #2 of 16

Welcome to EpicSki!  Can't help with ski technique advice, but hopefully one of the instructors will stop by soon.

 

I really like Northstar.  Have you skied anyplace else in the Tahoe area?

 

When you go again, ask your friend to ski below you, then stop.  The idea is to get video as you ski directly towards the camera.  My understanding is that 4-5 turns is enough.

post #3 of 16
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Thanks a lot for the feedback! I will ask my friend to film me from the front next time. I understand that gives a better picture. I hope to go next weekend again.

 

I also skied at Kirkwood, Squaw, Heavenly, Boreal at Lake Tahoe. I liked Heavenly the best because of the nice tree skiing there. It was really easy to go off the groomed runs and ski between the trees there. I also liked the view very much. It could also have been the fact that the snow conditions were the best of all the days that I skied that day :-) Last weekend at Northstar it was a bit icy and really difficult for me.

 

To understand why I liked Heavenly (and why I sooo like skiing already); this is me filming a friend between the trees at Heavenly :-)

post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by DutchMike View Post

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.

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks  Snowbowler! I appreciate it!

 

I very much like the tip of pull my feet under my body. That feels like a missing link. Looking forward to trying that feeling out the next time I go! I was indeed having this runaway train type feeling when I tried to 'up and forward'.

 

I have the feeling that turning my legs and feet simultaneously is also very much key. I think I'm focusing too much on trying to turn only with my outside ski. I now realize that both skis turn and do sort of the same, but that it's mainly a pressure/weight difference. Am I right?

 

Thanks again!

post #6 of 16

They will turn easier at the same time if you are standing over the sweet spot of the ski i.e with some pressure on the shin/tongue via ankle flex. When the knee joint is closed, knees bent, the ankle is too open and not much shin/boot tongue contact is happening that's when you get in the back seat and simultaneous edge release and turn entry is very difficult if not impossible.

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

That makes sense to me; if you have more pressure on the front of the ski, they will turn easier? Same as why you steer with the front wheels of your car instead of the back wheels?

 

And can I interpret the second part that I should move my whole body more forward; i.e. move my center of gravity to the front of the skis? I should do this by bending my knees less and flexing my ankles more. This will pull myself forward and automatically get more pressure on the front of the skis? Because I flex my knees less I will also automatically raise my head a bit. I was already wondering why non-beginner skiers look like they are all taller :-) I hope you don't mind that I try to phrase it in my own words.

 

Thanks!

post #8 of 16
It looks like you are twisting your upper body first in order to move your feet. Try to twist the skis with your feet/leg so they start turning first, while keep your upper body facing down hill by rotating your waist.

Move your hands forward more, like you are driving (without intentionally reaching).

Take a look at this youtube channel, very good basic info, if you follow the link there's a PDF book as well. http://www.youtube.com/user/LasseLyck
post #9 of 16

Yeah, I had a good time at Heavenly a while ago as an intermediate.  Homewood is fun too and has great views of the lake.

 

You might check out Sugar Bowl.  I think they have free lessons, but may only be mid-week.

 

The last time I was in Tahoe, we spent two days at Alpine Meadows.  The intermediates in the group really enjoyed Alpine and Northstar.

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Originally Posted by DutchMike View Post

Thanks a lot for the feedback! I will ask my friend to film me from the front next time. I understand that gives a better picture. I hope to go next weekend again.

 

I also skied at Kirkwood, Squaw, Heavenly, Boreal at Lake Tahoe. I liked Heavenly the best because of the nice tree skiing there. It was really easy to go off the groomed runs and ski between the trees there. I also liked the view very much. It could also have been the fact that the snow conditions were the best of all the days that I skied that day :-) Last weekend at Northstar it was a bit icy and really difficult for me.

 

To understand why I liked Heavenly (and why I sooo like skiing already); this is me filming a friend between the trees at Heavenly :-)

 

post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 

That's a great channel! The movies are great. I also found a nice explanation about the moving forward in video #11.

 

Thank you!

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the info! Sugar Bowl sounds good! I hope to create some free weekdays soon.

post #12 of 16

For a start, you want to switch from the mindset of turning your skis to being in a position where you feel like the skis are making you turn. It sounds like it's semantics, but it isn't. Right now your first move is to push the skis away from you while twisting them into a turn. Instead you want to be using your feet to tip the skis onto their sides. When you do you will feel the skis edges engage and make you turn. Also, turn more. I don't mean more often, but take those turns across the hill more. Right now your skis are almost always pointed down the hill. keep turning and bring them across the hill more.

post #13 of 16

Here is another video series that seems pretty useful.  These are from a British instructor who teaches in France.

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/elatemedia

post #14 of 16

+1 to what epic said above.  You'll find that tipping instead of pushing off and steering takes less of a toll on your legs at the end of the day.

 

But for only 12 days you're looking pretty good IMO.

post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks! Epic and JayT, wow, that sounds like something that could make a huge difference. When I look at my movies I now see that I indeed extend and push my whole leg to turn. Instead of that I should just bend my knees and lower my hip in the side-to-side direction? I'm going to work on that! It's only a bit of a shame that my legs will be less tired at the end of the day ;-)

 

Marznc, thanks for the link, that's a great one!

 

Thanks again everyone! I really appreciate it.

post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hey guys, a little update: I went skiing yesterday at Heavenly, Lake Tahoe (only one day unfortunately). It was the first time after posting my video and I really felt the difference of moving my body down the hill all the time. I tried to keep pressure at my shins and just threw myself over my skis down the hill (at least, that's how it felt sometimes :-) ). It really helped with the control. I now have muscle ages in my calves and none in my quads. I guess that makes sense :-) A small little victory for me was coming down the double black diamond 'The Face' without falling and with a lot of connected turns :-).

 

Besides keeping my weight forward, the other points didn't really click yet. I will continue to work on those next time. I just couldn't feel how to edge with my feet for example. Perhaps I'll take a lesson next time.

 

Unfortunately nobody filmed me yesterday. Next time I hope to post a new video.

 

Thanks!

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