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MA - new vids of my skiing

post #1 of 8
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hi guys, if you don't remember me here is my old topic :

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/125310/ma-new-season-new-video-part-2

 

Anyway I was sick for a bit so I couldn't ski much, I was hoping to do lots more work, but anyhow ive been working on a few things.

Mainly angulation, 2nd thing is tipping more than before.

Angulation working well, improving alot, tipping a bit less.

 

On the right turn I seem to angulate much more effectively and naturaly, my left turn is a bit... not natural, im working on it more..

I also feel like when I make turns in one direction im doing better than when im linking turns, perhaps im doing something wrong between when I link turns.

 

Anyway here are the vids, alot of them :

 

Right turns :

1

2

3

4

 

Left turns :

1 : bad one

2 : then it got a "bit" better

 

Few Runs :

 

 

post #2 of 8

The purpose of Angulation is to stack body segments to help support forces of a turn and to further assist tipping/edging movements not to create the turn. The turns you are making could easily be replicated with no more than the feet and lower leg. You are just swinging the hip into the turn to get on edge. This is important because you are ending up too far inside the turn too quick. If you look at the video and recall our earlier conversation, we talked about where you face and extend/get longer to. We discussed how the hips are very important. now your hips face away, not towards the turn, this makes it hard for you to move into and appropriately inside the next turn. You also lose the ability to modify the size of your turn and short radius turns will be very difficult. I am guessing that you go faster now but, also that you are becoming challenged to go slow. That carries implications for expanding how much of the mountain you can explore. 

   I would go back and work on some of the earlier advice that was given and work on tipping/edging and steering/rotation with the feet and lower leg. I would also be mindful that your body is moving through the turn well. By this I mean you never get so on your tails that you lose ability to steer or edge.


Edited by pdxammo - 3/6/14 at 8:13am
post #3 of 8
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Well now im a bit confused, you say my hips face away from the turn not towards it, but alot of people on this forum already told me im supposed to try and keep my body facing downwards and also doing counter and leading with my upper shoulder and hips, that makes the hips face more downwards than towards the turn.. so I don't know which is the correct thing to do now.

Im trying to work on tipping but its hard to recognize to be honest, I thought I was doing some tipping and using my knees in all these turns more or less, but now you say im only throwing my hips into the turn not my knees, I guess its hard to recognize. I also tried to do some railroad tracks but for some reason I can't do it, I lose balance and feel like im going to fall when turning in each way, I must be doing something wrong with it. ( the feeling of loss of balance is kinda like you would have the two skis in different positions, not completely parallel and try to tip them, once edges start to increase u feel like ur losing balance and going to fall, its not natural ). Perhaps my skis are not completely parallel when trying it, or perhaps I need to bend my knees more and move more forward, il try to work on it next time.

post #4 of 8

Your hips ideally should point at the apex, or belly, of the next (new) turn.  Hips completely squared is indicative of a lack of functional counter, whereas hips pointed directly down the fall line is indicative of too much counter generally.  

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Originally Posted by iLoveSkiing View Post
 

Well now im a bit confused, you say my hips face away from the turn not towards it, but alot of people on this forum already told me im supposed to try and keep my body facing downwards and also doing counter and leading with my upper shoulder and hips, that makes the hips face more downwards than towards the turn.. so I don't know which is the correct thing to do now.

Im trying to work on tipping but its hard to recognize to be honest, I thought I was doing some tipping and using my knees in all these turns more or less, but now you say im only throwing my hips into the turn not my knees, I guess its hard to recognize. I also tried to do some railroad tracks but for some reason I can't do it, I lose balance and feel like im going to fall when turning in each way, I must be doing something wrong with it. ( the feeling of loss of balance is kinda like you would have the two skis in different positions, not completely parallel and try to tip them, once edges start to increase u feel like ur losing balance and going to fall, its not natural ). Perhaps my skis are not completely parallel when trying it, or perhaps I need to bend my knees more and move more forward, il try to work on it next time.

   When you slide your hips across the way you do, you also fall back and your hips twist to the outside instead of being somewhere on the spectrum of following the feet vs, downhill. This will be a difficult idea for you if you focus on the form rather than the function. We spoke briefly in a PM about alignment. Being aligned is your goal. Don't focus so much on what it looks like rather focus on how it is done. twist the skis from the hip socket Turning does not begin by moving the hip or throwing the body etc. Make it happen from the feet up. That will cure both of these ills.

   Stating that you cannot do RR tracks is a good cue. That drill happens from the feet. There are no turn forces to brace against as you move your body inside so you cannot remain balanced. This would be a good drill to continue working on. Normal turns also begin in the feet and are supported or increased by recruiting the rest of the body when needed. As I told you before, all of the turns in the videos could be executed with just well developed foot tipping. Everyone here should be able to agree on that, although it could rage as to how ;) The hip is the last part of the body to be used.

   Generally, try to work on the described movements, not replicating an appearance. Then you will affect great skiing.

post #6 of 8

I'm going to back the train up a couple stops, and go back to your stance. What I'm seeing in every clip is that you are too far back on your skis. In each clip, your knees are over your heels, which means your butt is back, and you are bending far forward at the waist to compensate for that.

 

Work on getting your knees over your toes, and your butt over your heels. Then you won't need to bend forward so far at the waist. that will keep you more balanced on your skis, and in a more offensive posture, ready to do what you want. Your current posture is defensive, and the mountain is taking you for a ride.

post #7 of 8

What hill are you skiing at? There seems to be a ton of flailing and falling going on with the other skiers/boarders there...

post #8 of 8
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What hill are you skiing at? There seems to be a ton of flailing and falling going on with the other skiers/boarders there...

 

You won't know it, its in europe, anyway its a red run ( europe for medium run ). But there were lots of good skiers there too, maybe in my clips there was a surge of not so great skiers, also the snow was a bit chopped up at this point aswell.

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