I skied 30 years ago, very briefly at age 8 (Level 1 wedge and such), and then went snowboarding for years. Haven't been on the mountain at all in about 10 years. I spent the last three days trying to figure out this skiing thing.
6'6" 240, Maestrale with Dynafits mounted on Armada 192 TSTs and in Tahoe. 1 days in slush/ice, 1 day when it dumped and 1 day post-dump. =)
I'm about level 4. I can link parallel turns at shoulder-width, no issues on the greens but still timid on the blues - not because of the steepness but the angled bumps. I find that I tend to heavily weight my downhill ski (estimating 80-95%) on my turns, mostly just using the uphill ski as a guide when turning hard.
The people I see who're smooth seem to keep their skis together more; obviously it's years of practice compared to my couple of days but it's something I'm working on. It was fun to watch the patrol and good skiers and try to figure out their form while letting my legs cool off.
1) While I researched my gear, not many places demo/rent with Dynafit setups, and my desire for something "all mountain" led me to the well-used TSTs. However, I'm wondering if they're harder to learn on due to width/length. Thoughts?
2) My quads are killing me. More so before I figured out that I needed to be learning further forward into the boot tongue, which really changed things for me. Should it be more of a "lean forward" or "squat/sit a little and lean forward?" It took me two days to figure this out and my quads were pretty shot from trying to muscle those big skis around. Lean, or squat?
3) Even while trying to force my legs together in order to make my two skis act as one, it's really really hard to get them to stay that way; invariably one will get a little squirrel-y at the ends, rotating around my ankle. More practice/ankle control, or normal?
4) Do skis have a "maximum speed?" On the blue runs where I can just open it up and lean into the boots "trusting the gear" its a blast, but it does seem to cap out. I'm wondering if my hesitation on some parts is the feeling of loss of control trying to go across the hill too much and I just need to go down the hill instead of back and forth across it so much. The bumps on the hill seem so much harder when traversing compared to just going down them. Going across I tend to weight-the-rear and I have to really force myself to stay forwards in the boots. I went down far more times going "across the hill" than I did "down the hill."
5) When weighting my skis, should I be heavily biased on the downhill ski, or more evenly balanced? Sometimes I feel like I have 100% of my weight on the downhill side and my uphill side is just kind of floating. This kills my quads. (Might just be sorely out of shape. :) Should I weight more evenly, or is this normal?
All in all I went down about 6-8 times in three days which isn't so bad, with 3 of those because I had my boots in walk-mode and that's really really hard for me to ski with. =)
I need some lessons, I know, but that's next trip and I'm curious about the above before life gets me distracted and I forget about them.
Thanks in advance!