Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
Well I've blamed my equipment for a long time, now I can blame my physiology!
No, but seriously - there has to be a reason why I have had such a problem with UB/LB separation and absorption, and I imagine it's similar to Ken's issues. In addition to tight hips, I have moderate scoliosis and a big difference in leg length. I've addressed the latter with binding/boot/heel lift compensations as much as possible. I also have been doing a lot of stretching work for the last year or so. I am hopeful and am progressing, but with all the work I put in I certainly should be better by now. I know of people skiing many years less than I who are much more able to ski bumps and glades than I am.
I would have to agree that we all have different inherent abilities. I also think we can compensate and overcome to a certain degree.
Couple thoughts on the bolded parts:
I've been on a path, and at a bit of expense, to make sure it isn't the equipment. In four years time, I've gone through my equipment, top to bottom - twice! The process included new boots and fitting., skis being tuned by Mike De Santis. I've even obsessed over which goggles are best for my eyes in different light. My main reason for that was so there is no possible way I could blame the equipment. Any issues in my skiing are on me, lock, stock and barrel. I know you meant the comment tongue in cheek, but it general, it is an easy thing for folks to do (i.e. drop a fly ball then look at the glove). In my quest to ski better, I want to remove any doubt on what should be worked on. It has been very helpful, though at times, I would have liked to be able to blame something other than me
For the second part, one of the things I've learned across this past season (now that many of my physiological issues are fixed/better), I had to go back and learn to do many things over again. Just because you can now "do" a movement, doesn't mean you muscle memory changed. Though I fixed my ROM at my hips and back, I didn't automatically start using rotary to the extent I needed to. I learned how to ski with poor ROM and little rotary (compensating) and that was where I went right back to, until I started doing drills that exaggerated it. I also had to think about it quite a lot.
I worked a bit with a physical therapist on functional movement and refer back to Chris Fellows book (maybe he'll chime in to). Part of figuring out what you need to work on is know what you should be able to do. I had been blaming being over 50 since it was easy to do. Found out that had nothing to do with it.