Originally Posted by markojp
Kogu, for the sake of clarity, rather than 'left' or 'right' turn, can you use left or right footed turn? Anyhow, on your left footed shorter radius turn (left foot outside) there's a bit of a push off and edge engagement happens largely at and just below the fall line. Your right foot turn looks like you have more consistent engagement though the turn. You look a bit under edged which was why I was asking about alignment. I'd agree on what looks to be kind of an over emphasis on your 'strong inside' half. I'm kind of in the school that there's another issue going on that we're trying to solve with the inside half rather than getting to the root of the problem, which in your case as you've said, is dealing with alignment mods... It takes a lot of effort and mileage to overcome the vestigial movement patterns as strong skiers are also powerfully good compensators. That's a compliment, and I'd be the pot calling the kettle black if I haven't been through the same myself.
What's interesting is how different width skis effect the equation.
And just curious, what are your 'go to' drills when you're working on your skiing? Do you run any gates? All in all, very nice skiing. I'd say just turn it up to 11 for the camera a bit a la the Canadians....
But Mark, I use both of my feet when I make turns!! ;p
I have one more day this season (being tomorrow) and I've already cleared my camera and am charging it presently. I'm hoping that with the rain outside that it's going to firm everything up on the Northern face tonight, and if so, I'll have a much more conducive condition for skiing aggressively. That slope I was on (after the off-piste) was a VERY modest blue. buut we were trying to make the most of the time (I might have forgotten the camera at lunch and ran back in for it like 30 minutes before lifts closed.. time flies when you're having fun) and it just happened that's where we were when I handed the camera over. I'll try to get something with a little less friction and a little more direct gravitational pull tomorrow!
If you go to.. the 3rd video in that playlist, there's a short video of myself at Schweitzer with a little different focus from earlier in the year.. (granted it's mostly on a cat-track again.. I was mostly concerned about watching myself in the off-piste section). It is mostly un-edited though..
To answer your question about drills.. if I'm completely honest, I don't do drills.. or I don't think I do. I have some "focuses" that I absolutely will consider when I'm skiing.. but I just about never do drills in the strict sense of the word. One ski skiing on cat tracks going back to the lift..? Leapers..? Uphill carves to air rotations..? Oh yknow I guess I do actually do Railroad Tracks every single morning getting to the lift, focusing on knee angulation through leg steering. but again, that's entirely right-leg focused. or on the left-footers.
I have done GS gates and slalom...... brushies?? stubs..? Idk what they're called.. but I did that briefly.
Originally Posted by dchan
This is what I saw as well. More prominent the tighter the turn Kogu was making. It was also more prominent when the conditions got worse, or the speed slowed down (requiring a little more precision)
Agreed overall nice turns. Also agreed that the problem is not the inside half but more learning to trust that outside ski to hook up, and guiding it patiently onto its edge before pressuring it instead of trying to jam it on to an edge.
If the alignment is off (under edged on the left foot) and you are trying too hard to get it on an edge quickly, you may be introducing some internal femur rotation causing that separation and push out..
The "internal femural rotation" is again, dead-on based on what I feel. I've always been a very two-footed skier and so it would absolutely make sense that if my entire goal in life was to project the right half of my body downhill at the initiation, that surely I would either a) have to catch myself after the fall line, or b) pressure the ski through a push to keep it bent and turning through the top of the arc.