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post #31 of 43
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A friend of mine used to do that.. He was 80. Arms like an airplane, foot up high behind him, and backwards.

 

while turning? AKA top to bottom one footed? like he could ski down a slope in control and stop at the bottom?

 

If so your friend rocks? and I truthfully have not found anyone else that can this SHT(Stupid Human Trick:P)

post #32 of 43
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Originally Posted by Josh Matta View Post

 

while turning? AKA top to bottom one footed? like he could ski down a slope in control and stop at the bottom?

 

If so your friend rocks? and I truthfully have not found anyone else that can this SHT(Stupid Human Trick:P)

 

Sounds like a Royal Christie.  I suck at them myself, but know a few people who can rock them.

post #33 of 43
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Originally Posted by Josh Matta View Post

 

while turning? AKA top to bottom one footed? like he could ski down a slope in control and stop at the bottom?

 

If so your friend rocks? and I truthfully have not found anyone else that can this SHT(Stupid Human Trick:P)

I would have agreed with that a few years ago, but then i saw a ski patroller at Whiteface ski Cloud switch, on tele boards, so now I think anything is possible.

 

BK

post #34 of 43
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

A friend of mine used to do that.. He was 80. Arms like an airplane, foot up high behind him, and backwards.

while turning? AKA top to bottom one footed? like he could ski down a slope in control and stop at the bottom?

If so your friend rocks? and I truthfully have not found anyone else that can this SHT(Stupid Human Trick:P)

Well, you did say beginner slope.

I have also seen a guy here on tele skis, not only skiing down the hill backwards, but doing the occasional ballet trick as well while he did so. As in, twirls like Suzy Chafee.
post #35 of 43
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Sounds like a Royal Christie.  I suck at them myself, but know a few people who can rock them.

 

eh royal christy and the same thing backwards are vatly different things...

post #36 of 43
My friend only did the ski like you're pretending you're an airplane thing, going backwards. Pretty sure he turned then did the airplane, but it was ten years ago. He's still skiing, but I don't know if he's still doing tricks. Hope not.

Personally, I can't do that anymore standing still in my living room.
post #37 of 43
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I'm really inspired by the comments about finding challenges in all situations, no matter how mild it is.

 

I took about 35 years off from skiing, and picked up again doing all the double black diamonds at Taos and Mammoth because my little brother made me ( no not really - I love it), and have been doing the same annually ever since. That was about 5 years ago. I seek out and really enjoy skiing off piste narrow steeps, chutes, trees, bumps. but I now can see that I've self-developed super bad habits. I double pole a lot and find that my so-called "technique" is informed by the "no fall" rule which holds for most of the terrain I'm on. Seems like I've mostly practiced doing 180 degree turns for steep tight spots. But now I believe this is really holding me back, not to mention all the wasted energy expended.

I'm thinking that i will need to get down to basics and take lessons in order to break out of my habits. Anyone in a similar situation, or have any advice? Is it simply "take lessons"?

 

What the others said and I'll add:

 

Whatever you can do fast, try to do it super slow.  You will be surprised how much harder it becomes and not because of the lack of speed.  It is usually because you aren't balanced right or are doing it wrong to start with and speed hid it.

 

At the end of the season I was obsessively going over my short radius steered turn on a black diamond going (according to my gps app) no more than 6 or 7 mph.  Each run would get me about 100 turns.  What is really great about this, is in going that slow, you have time to work on something with enough time to think about it and notice it.  You can lock onto it while going slow and it is easy to bring it with you fast because you are familiar with the feeling.

 

When carving, do this slower too and hold the turn until your skis are going uphill.

 

Unbuckle your boots; completely.  Just have the booster strap or power wrap on and go skiing.  Do your Stupid Human Tricks like this.

 

Have fun,

 

Ken

post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by L&AirC View Post

 

What the others said and I'll add:

 

Whatever you can do fast, try to do it super slow.  You will be surprised how much harder it becomes and not because of the lack of speed.  It is usually because you aren't balanced right or are doing it wrong to start with and speed hid it.

 

At the end of the season I was obsessively going over my short radius steered turn on a black diamond going (according to my gps app) no more than 6 or 7 mph.  Each run would get me about 100 turns.  What is really great about this, is in going that slow, you have time to work on something with enough time to think about it and notice it.  You can lock onto it while going slow and it is easy to bring it with you fast because you are familiar with the feeling.

 

When carving, do this slower too and hold the turn until your skis are going uphill.

 

Unbuckle your boots; completely.  Just have the booster strap or power wrap on and go skiing.  Do your Stupid Human Tricks like this.

 

Have fun,

 

Ken

Truth...skiing slow on beginner terrain is extremely difficult.  Very similar to riding a bike...once you develop momentum it is easy to balance, but at slow speeds it can be far more difficult.

 

In terms of "breaking bad habits" and becoming more efficient in your technique, I agree with everyone who suggested a ski week.  If you can afford to go the private route, that would also be extremely effective.  I work at Taos and would be happy to recommend some phenomenal instructors.  Feel free to PM me. 

post #39 of 43

Redefine it:

The best skier out there is the one having the most fun!

(Quote lifted about surfers.)

post #40 of 43

In a word, "perfection".  It's always possible to carve a cleaner turn. 

 

There is the slow-line fast, "Take the slowest line as fast as you can."  That is, take the line that is slow enough to keep your speed to safe limits, while trying to go as fast as you can on it.  The idea here is to loose the least amount of speed possible on your way down, following a line that controls your speed, but not using any braking movements and trying to make the cleanest turns.  Vary it by taking it up a notch at a time, until your are skiing the fast line fast.  That's exciting.  Another twist is making turns as tight as you can, without the least bit of skidding, as you can on a green run.  Perhaps not as exciting, but still challenging.

post #41 of 43
Ski with the best skiers you can, as often as possible.
post #42 of 43
Thread Starter 

All great suggestions - thank you.  I think the coming season will be a turning point. It'll have to occur in my head until the season starts, except I picked up the SkiA trainers through the epic deal: pretty funny - I work at home, have a desk lift, and spend periods of time standing and working with my boots on, balancing on these things.
 

post #43 of 43
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Originally Posted by green26 View Post
 

All great suggestions - thank you.  I think the coming season will be a turning point. It'll have to occur in my head until the season starts, except I picked up the SkiA trainers through the epic deal: pretty funny - I work at home, have a desk lift, and spend periods of time standing and working with my boots on, balancing on these things.
 


It's been a couple years . . . do you think using SkiA was helpful?

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