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post #61 of 76
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

Jacque, no time for detailed comment, but very very nice improvement in Boomer's skiing. Much better separation on the right foot turns..still a bit to work on on the left footers, but both are MUCH better than round 1. I don't disagree with yoga an about looking at his boots and more carefully at his dorsiflexion, though I'm not a big fan of focusing on pulling the inside foot back. The cause of tip lead issues is further up the turn event chain.


Thanks Mark.  I think he has improved his carving.  That's what he wanted to do mostly.  My video not so good, but enough to tell.  I think next season he will really get it even better.  It all takes time and time is running short for "good" snow now.  Thanks again.

post #62 of 76
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I'd look at the boots first.  Maybe needs some heel lift.  Second I'd be looking to pull the inside foot back, get some equal ankle flexion and more tip pressure on the inside ski.  Third,  If he keeps flexing the inside leg  and tipping while staying countered he might round out his turns a little more.   Sounds like he's having fun and that's why we ski.  


Thanks Yoga.  Yoga is good for skiers!   Always fun and always learning.

post #63 of 76
Jacques... Here's a nice reference vid for Boomer:
post #64 of 76
Have Boomer pay attention to Norman's inside leg and how much it participates in the movements. Boomer tends to move from ski to ski without engaging the inside ski in the process.
post #65 of 76
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

Have Boomer pay attention to Norman's inside leg and how much it participates in the movements. Boomer tends to move from ski to ski without engaging the inside ski in the process.


Thank you Mark and Kneale.  He did not tell me about his hurt foot until he sent me this. 

 

"If it possesses you to do so you can post an explanation about my left foot, I am currently barely able to walk more than a half mile as there is something wrong in my left foot, and I am not going to any doctors until ski season is over!   I am sure that the pain I feel while skiing is evident in my left pressured turns! ( turning to the right)"

 

Hey, he even went back to using poles after many seasons without.  Thanks again guys! 

 

Next time I do something like this I'll use the zoom to get a better and longer view of the skier as the turns are being made.

post #66 of 76
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Jacques... Here's a nice reference vid for Boomer:

There are a lot of good skiing video on this guy's YouTube channel.  If you(or Boomer) are a visual learner this is a good channel to checkout.

post #67 of 76

Jacques,

 

It takes a bit of practice but try to use the zoom to get the skier to take up 1/2 to 2/3 of the frame.

 

Boomer's skiing looks calmer and smoother and is still a great ad for how fun skiing can be. Norman, like a lot of CSIA, is not using a lot of counter. In a sense this is a perfect clip to show Boomer what his next level up in skiing could look like. However, my preference would be to see Boomer learn to utilize counter more in his skiing and then let him back off to using less like Norman does versus trying to go from not using any counter to using just a little. This will help engage the new inside better as Kneale is suggesting. He's also still a little hunched over. Hip flex has an impact on ankle and knee flex. Move the belly button forward and you'll make automatic adjustments in knee and ankle flex that will improve performance.

post #68 of 76
Which gets us back to looking more carefully at his boots and seeing if there are any RoM issues with his ankles... We know that hos left foot is injured.
post #69 of 76

Hey Boomer, your progressing turn mechanics are much much better than they were in that first video.  Congratulations!

I have a suggestion to get them even better.

 

This first image shows a right turn (using your injured left foot).  Note that the outside foot is in front of that outside hip, 

and the outside leg is flexed at the knee.  It would be so much better if that outside leg were straighter, and if

its foot were farther back and behind the hip above it.  

It would also be better if the outside arm, shoulder, and hand were back.  They keep creeping forward and around

in front of your body, prohibiting you from skiing into counter.  Counter is the issue theRusty mentions above.  

 

This second image shows a left turn, with your uninjured right foot on the outside.

You have the same issue with the outside foot; it's in front of its hip. Your arm/shoulder/hand

behaves itself on your left turns.   

 

This image shows you between turns.  Now both feet are waay in front of your hips.

You are using your quads to hold yourself up, with almost no relief during or between turns.

Your quads have probably grown very strong from these skiing workouts, but even so this aft business

is not necessary and is going to hold your skill building back until you fix it.  Your ability to do

all kinds of new and exciting things with your skis will astronomically improve once you get centered.

There are many drills that help folks get centered. I've got one for you below.

 

This one offers a great way to get three good things going:  

-- that outside foot behind its hip

-- that outside leg extended instead of folded up through your turns (so you won't be aft)

-- counter

It's an unfamiliar drill to most here, but is quite useful for helping with the three things above.  

It comes from a well-respected Level IV Canadian ski instructor, Rob Butler.  

Give it a try and report back. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rba2rQl-cWk

post #70 of 76

Wow, thank you all! What a great heap of advice from everyone, only a few weeks left of skiing o Mt Bachelor this year, so next season will see me attempting to continue to improve!  By the By, my left foot did not get injured skiing, I think I just banged it hiking or something some months back and it just keeps on hurting more, the ski boot really helps to protect it, but I probably favor that side as far as how much pressure I put into the turn.

post #71 of 76

Welcome to Epic Boomer! Take care of that foot.

post #72 of 76
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Wow, thank you all! What a great heap of advice from everyone, only a few weeks left of skiing o Mt Bachelor this year, so next season will see me attempting to continue to improve!  By the By, my left foot did not get injured skiing, I think I just banged it hiking or something some months back and it just keeps on hurting more, the ski boot really helps to protect it, but I probably favor that side as far as how much pressure I put into the turn.


I too thank all of you who have given time and advice to Boomer here!  Boomerrang.  Nice handle!  I'm going to ski some warm sloppy snow now!

post #73 of 76

@Boomerrang, welcome to Epic.  It's the place to be in the summer when you're looking for a place to while away time thinking about skiing. 

post #74 of 76
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Okay helpers this is it for Boomer video this season as I am working now.  I want to thank all those who gave good constructive criticism for Boomer as he, as all of us, continue to improve our skiing and enjoyment of it.   Sometimes music can make playback on a device a no go.  If that becomes the case, then only PC viewing will work.   BTW, wearing black sucks for video!

 

 

post #75 of 76

Boomer here, fun snow today, until it got sticky at noon!  I will have to get a colorful ski out fit for next year. as Jacques says black sucks for vids, but had to wear my lightweight black  coat as too warm for my winter coats! 

 

 Well, some of you wanted to know more about my skiing background, to put this into context.  I grew up in Santa Cruz, Ca. and did not surf, but I did spend many years on skateboards.  My family was the typical distant from a ski area family, so skied one week a year, starting when I was four.  I owe this all to my mother, who loved hiking, skiing and camping, my father did not join us on these outings.  When my brother, four years my senior, broke his leg at Donner Pass, when I was about 8, my mother decided we should go cross country skiing instead, so we spent a few years XC in the Tahoe area.  I did not get back to Alpine skiing until moving to Bend in 1990.  As you all know, it was the long straight sticks then, so it was not until the 2000's getting my first shaped skis and starting to learn to carve instead of skid.  I never took any lessons, as Jacques passed on earlier, until now, with the help of you fine folks at Epic.  I feel my skiing has already improved, and I am motivated to continue to work on improving more.  All these years I was just cruising around the mountain, having fun, not thinking to much about advanced technique.  Now I get to cruise around the mountain, having FUN whist thinking of advanced technique!SUMMIT

post #76 of 76
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^ nice photo Boomer!   Next season is going to be sweeter than this one and so on and so on!   I always hope so anyway.

My goal this season was to get the short turns down.  I think I accomplished that goal.  I still have more fun with the long SG type turns though.  
 

There is lots of info on this site and a search will find just about anything a skier is looking for.  Be good all.

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