Wooooah finally not sick. Don't underestimate the common cold, ahhhhh!
The knowledge you gave me was just what I was looking for, and will help me a great deal. I'm pretty sure on steeper slopes I was always on the outside ski (maybe not enough), and I knew about the C shape, which I usually aim for. The angles you pointed out are very interesting to me. Sometimes I would see a skier like that, see the curve (where the shoulders are level with the snow), and I'd think that looks awesome. I agree that the movement points of the body are constantly doing things, unless you were tucked or going straight (for the most part). I think the skier you posted is obviously very good, but I'm not convinced that much activity is necessary or the most stable. I could be wrong, but for the angle of slope I don't see the need to have the lower body at such a different angle than the upper body, and at such a steep angle to the snow; it seems to me there's less room for error to be balanced. Maybe even though he's not going super fast, since the turns are fairly short, moving the upper body like that helps. Either way I'm going to try those styles of turns, and they look awesome. I'll find what I think is most reliable. I really really take it easy. I don't care to much about making a z shape versus a s or c shape. However I would like to learn each style of turn more focused, like slalom and GS. But at the same time, I'm not going down a steep run (real steep) trying to make an S shape (even though I could), because my main focus is safety. I guess it could be argued that's the safe way to ski, but I know how to get down in one piece. And I don't feel like losing anymore big toenails : ).
I was skiing on 177 atomic theories, which are a little short for me. I've got some volkl 183 six stars as well. I like the atomic's because they are ridiculously easy to ski, but they aren't the best for some speed. I've been thinking about getting some HEAD GS skis, because I have to have that new technology, I'm sure it will make me go super fast : P.
As for the drills, I've been skiing since 5, and have skied with a lot of good skiers, so here and there they would show me when I was in serious error. Something like pivot slips, really is muscle memory to me, and I could probably perfect them in about 15 minutes. I did them soooo many times last year (and forever), along with railroad tracks. I'm pretty sure that type of practice isn't going to make me any better of a skier. So I'm going to do more skiing on one ski, skiing switch, skiing on the uphill and downhill ski (with variations), and those drills you mentioned - I really like the idea behind them. I think that's enough challenging practice, but if I see drills I haven't seen, I'll try and incorporate them. I bet whiteface does have good instructors, it's a skiers mountain. I've seen the level3 certification, and believe that if someone passed that, they are proficient, have a lot of knowledge, and could help someone that's been skiing for a while. Pretty cool, you were able to tell me exactly what I wanted to know. thanks again!!
Edited by like2ski123 - 12/26/13 at 4:02pm