Here are some stills to consider:
This first shot is from around 1:09. I know he still picking up speed and just getting into his rythm...but this is still a telling shot....look at how far back that outside foot is already. He is not inclining very much, so that cant be causing the lead change...what is? Its his outside hip is too far back. Compar to the other kid...he is more inclined, yet his outside foot is still roughly parallel to the inside one. This isnt from pulling the inside foot back...its from "placing" the outside foot where it needs to be to support the mass..in this case, and in most cases for high end racing, this will mean pushing the outside foot forward. To do that, will mean giving your hips "permission" to come around abit. I phrased it as "permission" because the comments above are excellant examples of why people miss this. They are so scared of "rotating" they strive to keep their hips locked or still the turn the whole time....counter is good, but not when it upsets balance. Its is far more effective to relax the hips, place the feet...and let the hips move as required to get the feet where they need to be...particularily the new outside foot.
Another shot. This time both skiers are well into their rythm...but look again..who has the most counter? Who is showing the most lead change? The issue with the skier on the left, is he is carrying too much counter into the turn, as a result he is over countered for the rest of the turn, and his fore/aft balance is suffering as a result.
If you can see what I mean here...watch the OP video again...you can see this issue manfest itself in almost all turns.
Go watch the videos I posted again in my earlier post...can you not almost see the new outside ski coming forward through the transition? This is critical, critical, critical. Think of it as placing the feet where they need to be to catch the mass.
For clarity...this is not something only the best of the best skiers do....all WC skiers do this, all Europa/Nor Ams do this...as do the top half of junior racers.....
The good news is...this isnt hard to do...and wont take the athlete in the OP video long to fix....it certainly wouldnt be unreasonable to think this issue can be resolved by the end of this season. Once sorted...his consistency and results will improve dramatically.
Compare these two videos:
First video shows a notta bad skier...but he skis like the athlete in the OP. Note how he doesnt bring his new outside foot through to support the mass to the same extent of the skier in the bottom video? Notice how the hips on the video below are alot more open at turn initiation the in the bottom video? The difference is pushing that new outside foot through to support or catch the mass and the subesquent move of the hips...
Edited by Skidude72 - 3/3/13 at 4:47am