Originally Posted by levy1
Someone has comented that droping my sholder is resulting in less edge on my right ski. Other then my feet togeather old Austrian style what do they mean?
You have a good strong base for advancement. Your stance is not too narrow. You have two issues that once addressed should move your skills forward dramatically.
1. You are banking at the end of your turns; dropping the inside shoulder, and allowing it to move back. The hand moves back along with the shoulder. This takes weight off the outside ski.
2. At the end of turns you are moving your new inside/downhill shoulder and hand forward to plant the pole. This forward move pulls the new inside/downhill hip forward; it allows your current inside hip to drop, putting you aft, inside, and too low at the end of your turns; you are poorly set up for initiating the new turn.
The banking and forward movement of the downhill half before the new turn is started are problems because:
--banking puts too much weight on the inside ski, taking it away from the outside ski where it needs to be to grip well; on unfriendly snow you will skid out at the end of your turns.
--the forward movement of the new inside/downhill arm/shoulder/hip allows your uphill hip to drop down, putting you aft and inside at the end of your turns; starting a new turn from this position
requires an up move of the body over your skis; this up move takes up time and space and therefore delays the engagement of the new outside ski to below the fall line. It's a vicious circle.
A great goal for you at this point would be to seek early engagement of your outside ski, at (and eventually before) the fall line. You could set this up as a one- or two-season goal. It will take some sustained deliberate practice, however. How many days do you get to ski each season? Are you always with friends, or do you have time to work on form alone?
If you work on these two issues, you will gain much more versatility in controlling your turn shape on varying terrain and conditions (bumps, steeps, trees, ice). It will open up the whole mountain for your enjoyment. How to get there:
1. Build counter (upper-bodoy/lower-body separation) through the turn; this means keep your upper body and hips facing more downhill as your legs turn underneath; this is a big deal so embed it in your skiing first; there are tons of drills that target this goal. Lessons are good for this.
2. Hang onto that counter through the start of the new turn; i.e., fix the pole plant by keeping the elbow near your body and the shoulder back; do not allow that shoulder/elbow to move forward or the hand to move across your body before planting it; face downhill with your hips/shoulders/arms as you plant that pole and start the new turn. I'm talking short turns here.
3. Once you have the counter and can hold onto it through the start of your turns, eliminate any banking that may be left; do this by progressively lifting and moving forward the new inside shoulder/hand and hip through the whole turn; you can test your success and know you've succeeded if you can lift the inside ski without falling over at the end of your turns; set passing this test as your ultimate goal. Work on it after you get the counter and the initiations dialed in.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 4/20/14 at 9:59am