And... should I be letting my poles angle backward as far as I do? It seems like the poles of really good bumpers don't typically go back much beyond vertical. I never realized I had a loose grip until I looked at that closely. I think I'm shortening my poles that way - not sure if it's a good thing or not.
Not sure about wether they "should" go back that much or not. Looking at the frames individually for the first time, I thought things would go wrong after the 4th frame or so because the hand is so high and starting to go back, but you do a good job of keeping your top half facing down the hill and your hands move back ahead. Still, maybe it does cause you to open at the waist a bit more than you'd want. I think the pole touch could come like two frames later than it is now. I like to think of the snow coming to the pole rather than bringing the pole to the snow.
I think Willi Furr from the video above has the answer to my question about how far back poles should go:
His don't go back past vertical, where mine angle all the way back:
There is no way I can be as quick with pole plants with that far to move. I should probably get my hands up too, but I'm still not sure on how my normal length poles play into this.
Edited to correctly identify Willi Furr as the skier in the green jacket above, thanks to @Bob Barnes.
Edited by tball - 12/26/13 at 9:17am