Originally Posted by LiquidFeet My friend, you are beyond words!!! I've never seen, much less for my benefit, such attention to detail in helping a total stranger, you are one of the good people on earth, bless you! I hope i can reciprocate some day, maybe spanish lessons....! GRACIAS.
Gpaulski, glad you are planning on taking some lessons. Lessons can help you manage speed more appropriately, keep up with your son, give you more control when you ski on longer skis, and those longer skis will help you handle speed and variable conditions with more control. Here are some specifics to ask for when you take your lesson. From your videos I've taken some screen shots.
4. Nice pic below! You are initiating a turn with a release of the old outside ski; that leg is
flexed and your body is toppling in the direction of the new turn. Your new inside arm and
shoulder are advanced; your new outside leg is extending. You have a long leg and a short
leg. All of this is really good!
Your instructor will be better able to see what happens between this strong initiation and
the rest of the turn that leads to skiing square, leaning in, and being crouched and aft.
Hang onto this good stuff and replace the other movement patterns described above
with new, more functional movement patterns, and you'll find that longer skis will feel better
than those 150cm shorties you are currently on. Everything will feel better!
If summarizing, I'd say my major flaw (not the only one...) is STANCE, and using my upper body way, way too much. I should be using my legs and skis much, much more. Concur?
Then not only technique and "ugliness" will improve, but I'll finally enjoy bowls, powder, and maybe even small moguls, wow!