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video critique please

post #1 of 9
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This is my 4th season on skis and I'm really trying to develop my linked and short turns.  I had a buddy follow me for a couple runs at Alta a couple weeks ago and after seeing it I feel like I've been too focused on turning my feet (zig-zag turns) and keeping my upper body quiet (look a little stiff). Comments and recommendations to improve are welcome!  BTW Alta is my new favorite!

 

post #2 of 9

Z turns! Make C shaped turns instead of Z shaped turns by turning the feet less, tipping the feet more, being patient while letting the skis turn you and balancing against the outside ski as they do.

 

FYI - Video for movement analysis works a lot better when the skier takes up 1/2 to 2/3 of the frame and is approaching the camera.

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by TheRusty View Post
 

Z turns! Make C shaped turns instead of Z shaped turns by turning the feet less, tipping the feet more, being patient while letting the skis turn you and balancing against the outside ski as they do.

 

FYI - Video for movement analysis works a lot better when the skier takes up 1/2 to 2/3 of the frame and is approaching the camera.

Thanks for the input, I try to turn my feet gradually into the turn but was trying to work on my short turns this trip.  Yes, not the best view, I'll have to instruct my videographers in the future!

post #4 of 9

One can make "C" shaped short radius turns. Try mastering "C" shaped long radius turns first.

post #5 of 9

TheRusty is 100% on the money. Keep turning your skis. They should always be turning, regardless of the turn shape. Rather than rapidly twisting your skis, gradually turn them over the course of a full second--and let them actually point down the hill for part of the turn. 

 

As a point of comparison, here's me making some short radius turns that involve more constant turning of the lower joints. I still have a lot to work on myself, but you'll notice the skis are generally moving through the arc over time, rather than getting abruptly twisted in a braking motion. 

 

 

 

Also, I would recommend leaving your backpack at the lodge unless it contains some kind of life-saving device (eg inhaler, epi pen). Backpacks negatively affect people's balance. 

post #6 of 9
Tip your skis more and then get a lesson from a good instructor!
post #7 of 9
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Nice turns Metaphor, thanks for the input.  

post #8 of 9
Try to balance on your edges not your bases.
post #9 of 9
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Mowmow, not sure I follow...can you elaborate?

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