So this is my second post, and I started skiing again regularly after a few years. I'd consider myself an expert skier, definitely lacking in my repertoire, and of course I have tons of room for improvement. I've skied a lot since I was 4..and haven't taken any lessons for a very long time, but I've been given tips by good skiers along the way. I've always just gone skiing. I'm 32 now and started skiing regularly again after a few years not skiing. I'm taking it a little more serious now, or at least approaching it differently, because I want to get better at skiing.
I watch all the videos I can, and I've been reading a bunch. When I go skiing now I spend a good amount of time practicing what I watched in the videos. I've been doing (i'm naming these based on the videos I watched):
falling leaf; I don't think I'm getting much from this, since it seems trivial, they say it helps with fore and aft balance
pivot slips; rotating your legs and slipping, same as my thoughts on the falling leaf, it seems like you'd do these at a different point in skiing progression
picking up the outside ski; skiing on one ski. I suppose this is good practice
picking up the inside ski and turning the outside ski under it. it's interesting to me because I've been watching Herb systems, and this guy seems to have put a lot of work into ski training, and when showing "the bullet proof short turn" he's basically doing short turns always doing something in transition like carving the turn, where you could also rotate your legs while facing downhill (I think he even said not to do this). so in my opinion his absolute statement is wrong, because the terrain is variable, so if you were in glades,or varying terrain, it may come in handy to do short turns however you see fit
some kind of hop turn drill, where you pole plan and do 180 hops back and forth standing still, and then do it going down slowly. I like this drill because I know it's good for what and how I like to ski. nice workout to.
180 hop during a turn into switch. I've only tried a few times, but it's not as pretty as the guy in the video, so I'm gonna practice this one
skiing switch. I went from volkl 215 straight skis, to volkl prestos, to volkl six stars (183). I really like the six stars, but kinda have a fondess to the prestos ;o. it took me a little bit to get used to skiing switch since the sidecut is so big, so I'm just going to keep practicing it, to get it smoother. I guess it doesn't matter which way you look over your shoulder and you keep alternating which shoulder you look downhill over?
pivot turns. I've always just skied, and never knew anything about the technical methods behind it. On slalom turns I'd do turns I always felt were cool and they felt so smooth, a real nice feeling. I then found out these were pivot turns. I didn't find to much information about these either, some of it was confusing to me, like use the tail or tips. So I decided to try one on icy conditions, going pretty darn fast, in a GS turn. It definitely wasn't a natural movement, and I probably did it wrong, and I don't even know how you're supposed to do them in GS turns on icy conditions, probably with chunks of snow as well. I doubt I did it right, but maybe I did and just caught on edge. I was forcing it to try and do the stuff I read online. Well it's a nice reality check to be upside down watching trees whiz by. Definitely should of started slow when something feels awkward, was a pretty big mistake. Luck was on my side thankfully.
I like mostly doing GS turns, and I'm watching racer videos since I figured it might help. I think I'm doing okay, like my outside leg is extended when I'm going fast, inside ski is doing most of the work, as far as I can tell my body looks the same. Like a C shape, not twisted, all in one line. As far as I can tell, maybe I have some inaccuracy, but I feel pretty good, and this is the skiing I've always done, so i believe I'm just doing it right naturally and almost don't even want to overthink it. But I would like to know what's going on. I'm not sure I could just get a lesson, and get an accurate assesment, like maybe a race coach is needed or I would have to get lucky.
jumps. I'm not really into jumps, or tricks, although it'd be nice to feel like I have all the tools to get the bottom of a downhill course fairly quickly, it's just not something I'm going to pursue due to the risk.
Trying to keep my skis in good shape, definitely important, which I never did much. I'd like to instruct somewhere hopefully.. There's some questions in there if you read all that ;p, and I'm basically looking to get better, going 15-20 times a year. Like I don't mind practicing or even doing leg workouts. Mostly I'm interested in skiing and getting better at it. Thanks for any suggestions.