Originally Posted by nemesis256
Last weekend, I posted this:
And was mostly told I'm a bad skier. Today I got two videos recorded, first one on a shallow slope, second a little steeper. I think it looks much better this time. I'm mostly doing carving in these, especially the first one. Today's skiing was much slower, especially with sticky spring conditions. I'm usually not carving turns down the slope in the second video, it feels too steep for that normally. After a couple hours, the snow was almost like wet sand.
So how am I doing in these two videos? How's my stance? Is my pole plant/dragging the normal thing to do? Say anything else that you see.
Much better, safer skiing in these videos.
Folks have already commented on how to attain a more centered, mobile stance. Your comments about "falling forward" are accurate - you want your upper body to continue to move downhill all the time, and your skis to arc around. As Slider mentioned, rather than bending at the waist, you'll want to flex/extend more through your knees and ankles to manage pressures and assist with starting your turns if necessary. I think of a good starting point as toes lined up under the knees lined up under the nose (toe-knee-nose/tony knows).
A good external cue for you is to pretend that you have a sign on your chest that you need people to be able to read. Keep that sign visible by showing off your chest. (If you crumple at the waist, people can't see the sign.) For exercises, hopping throughout the turn will help with stance&balance and becoming more mobile. See this video for an example:
Hopping through turns is a good diagnostic - if you can't get the tails off the snow, you're too far back. If you can't get the tips off, you're too far forward.
Once you're dialed into balance, I'd like to see you starting to steer your skis more. Turn shape is essential for managing your speed as you progress to steeper pitches. By turn shape, I mean creating more pronounced C shaped turns, rather than just slightly steering out of the fall line. To create more turn shape, you can roll the skis on edge, or turn the skis with your foot/femur in the hip socket--or ideally apply a combination of both. If we were doing lessons, we'd likely use sideslips, hockey stops, and eventually bracquage/pivot slips to develop your steering skills. Here are some PSIA level 3 instructors doing pivot slips:
It looks like Bob Barnes worked on this video..hmm.
A few more things we'd want to work on are balancing over the outside ski (instead of falling onto the inside ski), and creating more edge angle... let's not get ahead of ourselves though, as creating a centered and mobile stance should be your #1 priority, followed by creating more turn shape.
I also remember that you do want to ski fast. One idea from Bob Barnes that will help your skiing is skiing the slow line fast. On that pitch, by making clean carves, you could double your speed while turning twice as much. You'd also be even safer to ski around. That's one skill of a good skier - being able to ski the slow line fast.
Edited by Metaphor_ - 4/2/13 at 2:29am