I took a lesson today at Wachusett, and the instructor was great. He seemed to think I skied quite well, and said that a few times as the lesson progressed (don't go looking for my last MA videos, my skiing has changed since then). I went into the lesson asking to be taught on how to do short radius turns, but wasn't the only topic of the lesson. Since I'm quite new at short radius turns, they of course did not get a short as I've seen other people do them.
So here are some things he mentioned that I have questions about.
1. When turning, and this is not for short radius turns, he noticed that my inside ski was drifting slightly instead of carving/following the outside ski. He also said I was taking up too much weight off the inside ski, which was the cause of the drifting. To help with this, he said I should dig in more with the toes on both feet on the inside of the turn. What I'm more confused about is how much weight should be taken off of the inside ski. From what I've been told on here, I thought it was correct to have almost all of your weight on the outside ski, that makes digging in with the small toes difficult. So what is the right mix of digging in and lightening the inside ski?
2. Now here's a more complicated question. He says I should complete my turns more so they are C shaped, which is also something I was told to do in my last MA here. He said I shouldn't start the next turn until I got to the six o'clock or even seven o'clock position of the current turn. But I have many problems/questions with this. First, I can't say I've seen other people do this. Even good skiers, their turns are S shaped. Second is how large these turns get. When carving, a single turn goes across the entire trail, which makes it dangerous for uphill skiers. With shorter radius turns, making a C shape makes a short radius not short at all. So can someone explain this to me?
Here's a couple more technique related questions that I have but weren't part of this lesson.
3. I've noticed that I can't angulate as much when turning to the left than when turning to the right. My dominant foot is probably the left one, so I'm more comfortable having more weight on it. But it also slightly feels like I may not be as "stretchy" when turning to the left. Are there any exercises I can do for this with and without skis?
4. After a day of skiing, is looking at the wax oozing out of the base a good indication of where I've been putting my weight and therefore technique? Previously I've mostly had the base turn white on the inside of both feet (from having weight only on the outside ski) and under the foot. Today, I've had the base turn white on both sides of the ski under the foot. Does any of this help describe how I ski?
Edited by nemesis256 - 2/2/14 at 5:56am