Originally Posted by iLoveSkiing
Was expecting more people to share their thoughts aswell as offer some advice on what to work on next and what drills they suggest.. since I need drills to do to improve miself till I can get some instructions ( atm no money for that ).
- What part of the body is rigid, all over? Also doesn't the upper part need to be kind of rigid? I always read that the upper body should be very static and strong while the lower body needs to do most of the moving. How do you suggest I correct this flaw?
Yes, your whole body is rather rigid. You need to know that you can maintain your balance while moving individual body parts. So here are some drills that can help with that. Get pretty good at one drill before moving to the next; if this is annoying, just break the rule and move up to the more difficult drills. Expect perfection to be annoyingly difficult. Ski for fun too!
Drill #1: Shuffle through your turns. This will help you realize you can stay vertical, maintaining your balance, while shifting your feet forward and backward.
Shuffle = slide one foot/ski forward while sliding the other back, alternating while linking turns.
Keep both skis parallel.
Work on getting it smooth, keeping both skis parallel as you shuffle them back and forth in the direction you are skiing.
Shuffling gets you centered over your skis.
If you have difficulty, try standing up taller with hips more forward.
If your arms are shuffling too, work on getting them to remain stable instead. The movement of the arms sometimes helps getting the shuffling going and is ok at first.
Drill #2: Step through your turns. Pick up one ski, put it down, pickup the other, put it down. March!
When you pick up the ski, do it with the tip lower than the tail (difficult but very very important!)
Keep skis parallel while you do this.
If your tips continue to want to be higher than the tails, you are stuck in the back seat. Move your hips forward until you get each tip down.
It's a great balance drill. When you can get your marching skis to grip the snow instead of slide around, you are golden.
Drill #3a: Lift the tail of the right ski (keeping its tip on the snow) for a right turn, and let the other ski turn you as usual to the right.
Put the lifted ski down, lift the tail of left ski for left turn, and allow that other ski to turn you the usual way to the left.
Put the lifted ski down, repeat.
In other words: lift new inside ski tail, turn, put it down, lift other ski tail, turn in other direction. One lift per turn. Lift, turn, lift, turn.
This will produce tighter turns.
It's a GREAT drill! You cannont, repeat cannot, do this from the back seat. This drill will get you forward, with all your weight on the outside ski.
Drill #3b: Same drill, but add some upper body stuff.
As you turn right, keep your right hip, shoulder, and arm forward and HIGH. If you were having difficulty maintaining your balance with #3a, this will solve it.
Lifting that inside half (hip, shoulder, arm) and keeping it forward deletes any banking you may be doing. It will also get your whole upper body facing more downhill than your skis.
You are allowing your legs and skis to turn to the right more than your upper body. Another way of saying this... you are "skiing into counter."
Repeat repeat repeat, paying attention to keeping the new inside hip, shoulder, and arm forward and high as the skis turn below, inside tail lifted.
Lifting that new inside hip, shoulder, and arm should get your weight more directed to the outside ski, which will enable you to get better edge grip with that outside ski.
It will enable you to ski steeper stuff with more grip.
Drill #3c: Do the same thing but delete the lifted tail. This is not a drill; you've moved your new skills back into personal skiing!
- I know about flexing the ankle, but the interesting part is that sometimes I do it but sometimes I forget about it, probably because I think about several things to do during my skiing since they are probably not automatic yet, so I think about doing this and that and sometimes forget about my ankles.
Drill #4: Keeping that ankle flexed while working on other stuff on snow is difficult. So work on it during all the rest of the day.
Practice flexing that ankle while standing in the lift line, while riding the chair with skis dangling, while standing in the lodge buying coffee, walking to the table with your coffee,
while climbing the steps inside. At these points in your day you aren't working on other stuff; it's a great time to work on embedding ankle-flexing into muscle memory.
- I see, I will try to correct that, altho I saw alot of videos from skiers that have their arms quite open, like they want to hug someone.
** You are carrying your poles in a retracted position, with pole tips behind your body; that is great and a total improvement over last season; keep this going.
1. People hold their arms in different positions at different times, as freeski just said. Some use very wide arms (scarecrow arms); very effective for balance and even elegant.
2. Sometimes people hold their arms pointing more forward, as if carrying a cafeteria tray (less dramatic but very stable, especially for short turns, again as freeski pointed out).
3. Some alter the cafeteria tray thing a little by moving the hands wider than the elbows (assures that the hands do not move left-right as you ski).
Is one more effective than another for slow easy-goes-it skiing? Probably not.
However, you are currently skiing with a rigid body and rigid arms. Loosening up would be good.
Drill #5: Try each of the three methods described above. Finding that you can maintain your balance while holding your arms in different ways will enrich your balance options.