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post #1 of 24
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I think I'm on Day 5 or so not counting early season skins.

 

1 - First day I am thinking about making sure that I am moving from outside ski to outside ski. If I don't think about that first thing in the season I tend to feel tippy side to side.

 

2 - upper body lower body separation. Gotta remember to do this too. Skiing on crud the other day definitely reminded me. Skiing too square to the skis really doesn't work in the crud. Gonna have to go see the Rolfer soon as I am feeling a little bit bound up on the left side. Yesterday I was noticing how if I allow some foot-squirt it's easier to keep my legs turning under my hips.

 

3 - Stance width. Lock this in early. Lots of blue groomer runs thinking about this. Sometimes locked in a carve sometimes doing pivot slips.

 

4 - Today I started thinking about a little more bend in the back just lowering things down a little more than I normally do. I feel like I have access t o more range of motion from here. I want to get this locked in early in the season too.

 

Thinking about the basics now can really pay off later if you lock it in early.

 

What are you guys working on?

post #2 of 24

Finding my balance.  Going slow.  Completing turns; overcompleting turns.  Doing stupid slow turns with immaculate precision.

Doing different initiations :rolleyes.  Keeping the separation when I want it; deleting it when I want that. A right hip issue always crops up early season.

Steering and carving and steering and carving, keeping them separate.  Switching up during single turns from one to the other.

Since we had soft bumps on grass last week, trying to get my end-of-last-season bump mojo back (almost there!).  

Building up endurance without overdoing it.  Getting new boots dialed in.  Refreshing my noobie progressions.  Copying the racer kids' turns & drills. 

Remembering everyone's name.  Remembering to take all the gear to the mountain; how did I ever keep all this stuff organized last year?   


Edited by LiquidFeet - 12/4/14 at 9:27pm
post #3 of 24

3 days on snow so far for me and I've been working very much like epic.  Outside ski to outside ski trying to bend my skis from the middle.  Upper lower body separation and working to level my hips and shoulders.  Active inside leg - flexing, tipping and rotating as needed to shape turns.  Focusing on my inside leg seems to dial in a functional stance width for me.  I'm sure I'll need to revisit all these things my next time out.

 

As a drill we skied short radius turns alternating carved and skidded varieties.

 

Also my first turns of the year were telemark.  They tired my legs out fast but I think the extra focus I needed to balance and keep my movements fluid paid off when I switched to alpine. 

post #4 of 24

No awkward start this year. I pretty much just went right at this year. Days 1+2 (last Friday and Sat) were on snowboard. Day 3 was on skis, but mostly clinics with low intensity turns. I did take 3 "fun runs" but ended up coaching other pros. The fun turns felt ok ripping big GS and short radius turns so I packed it in early. Days 4 +5 were on skis at Mount Snow for a PSIA event this week (tues+wed). The things that were sloppy were much pickier than in years past. It did not feel like I had early season (cough) "rust". Although the focus for the event was helping our staff pass exams, one drill that was going to help our group's personal skiing the most was the tractor tire drill. Hoser wanted us to finish our old turns with more zip so that we could get on higher edge angles earlier in the next turn. Another focus was getting the new inside hip over the new inside ski first before starting to tip the new inside ski. It's an example of the new center of mass over the base of support fundamental. This really smoothed out our Wedge Christie demos.

 

Waaa - my mountain is not reopening this weekend as originally planned. It looks like I'll get another opportunity to have an awkward restart of the season.

post #5 of 24
I have been on snow for a month. My focus is to clearly and accurately express the five fundamental movements in as many ways as I can in whatever turns I am working on with clients.
The clinic I wrote about a few weeks ago concentrated on this aspect because it allows the students to be more involved and more able to make tactical and technical decisions that make sense for them.
When freeskiing I am trying to develop more explosive power at different points in the turn and flow at all other all times during those turns. The feedback I am hearing is it is working but I want even more dynamic range...
Edited by justanotherskipro - 12/5/14 at 8:50am
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

Finding my balance.  Going slow.  Completing turns; overcompleting turns.  Doing stupid slow turns with immaculate precision.

Doing different initiations :rolleyes.  Keeping the separation when I want it; deleting it when I want that. A right hip issue always crops up early season.

Steering and carving and steering and carving, keeping them separate.  Switching up during single turns from one to the other.

Since we had soft bumps on grass last week, trying to get my end-of-last-season bump mojo back (almost there!).  

Building up endurance without overdoing it.  Getting new boots dialed in.  Refreshing my noobie progressions.  Copying the racer kids' turns & drills. 

Remembering everyone's name.  Remembering to take all the gear to the mountain; how did I ever keep all this stuff organized last year?   

 

Wow.  How many days on snow do you have so far to work on all that?

post #7 of 24
I've been skiing since the start of November, preparing for the Eurotest, a race which is part of instructing qualifications in Europe. It's been my first proper race training and it's been great. Initially I skiied way too straight a line, but have been leaving myself more room at the gate. Now focusing on maintaining pressure through the transition and really arcing every turn. Unfortunately not getting back to France to take the Eurotest until March and won't be hitting gates in Japan before then so hopefully I don't forget too much.
post #8 of 24
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Finding my balance.  Going slow.  Completing turns; overcompleting turns.  Doing stupid slow turns with immaculate precision.

Doing different initiations :rolleyes.  Keeping the separation when I want it; deleting it when I want that. A right hip issue always crops up early season.

Steering and carving and steering and carving, keeping them separate.  Switching up during single turns from one to the other.

Since we had soft bumps on grass last week, trying to get my end-of-last-season bump mojo back (almost there!).  

Building up endurance without overdoing it.  Getting new boots dialed in.  Refreshing my noobie progressions.  Copying the racer kids' turns & drills. 

Remembering everyone's name.  Remembering to take all the gear to the mountain; how did I ever keep all this stuff organized last year?   

 

Wow.  How many days on snow do you have so far to work on all that?


Six.  I'm working on bringing all the surveillance monitors online.  It takes a while; not there yet.

post #9 of 24
Day 4. Using the correct movements in a natural dynamic balance. Dialed in.
post #10 of 24

I'm still hitting the gym and ice skating in the hopes that I won't ski like $hit when I get out there in a few weeks. :D

 

When I do get out there, I'll be continuing to work on balancing over the outside ski for the entire turn, as well as improving inside ski management and discipline. 

post #11 of 24
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I'm still hitting the gym and ice skating in the hopes that I won't ski like $hit when I get out there in a few weeks. biggrin.gif

I have the same hopes!
post #12 of 24

On my first (only...) day back, conditions were variable spring snow with limited visibility most of the time.  I spent most of my time skiing by feel, touch, etc.  Trying to move accurately so that I could maintain balance through whatever would appear out of the fog.

post #13 of 24
5 days so far.

First day just finding my feet. SL skis and taking it fairly easy. Worked on parallel shins and upper/lower body separation.

Day 2 on GS skis. Feeling the difference between a SL and a GS turn. Lots of drills isolating the different egde angle regulators. Evening training in GS gates. Felt too early, didn't ski that well.

Day 3. GS skis again. Some steeper terrain and drills aimed at increasing edge angle. Then speed training (no SG skis with us so we did it on GS skis). Turns in tuck, alternating GS/tuck turns and work in terrain with rollers.

Day 4. SL skis. Balance drills. Lots of skiing on one ski. Evening training in SL gates. Went much better than day 2 and felt ready for serious training.

Day 5. SL skis. Work on rhythm and turn shape. Plus drills in varied terrain with gaze firmly fixed on the horizon so that the body has to react without visual cues (no cheating!).

I don't feel quite ready to race but I'm getting there!
post #14 of 24
Doing dishes and having a beer, no beginning of the season in sight locally. Im thinking about skiing the 330' bump at the parents' place over Christmas. Looks like a good winter for watching hockey and imagining what it must be like to ski. smile.gif
post #15 of 24
Is someone a little sad.
post #16 of 24

Why yes, I am. I should have 10-15 days in by now .       

 

 

:ski 

post #17 of 24
I'll have 6 tomorrow and starting to get my legs tuned up. You'll be sliding before xmas.
post #18 of 24

yes... on around the 20th on a 300' hill in the midwest. I'm ok with that. 

post #19 of 24
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Doing dishes and having a beer, no beginning of the season in sight locally. Im thinking about skiing the 330' bump at the parents' place over Christmas. Looks like a good winter for watching hockey and imagining what it must be like to ski. smile.gif


I thought you guys always have snow.

 

Spent today working on the increased bending. Back to teaching tomorrow though. I've been meaning for years to keep a tally of what drills I actually use in lessons throughout the year. Maybe I'll make myself start tomorrow. I think that's actually how Stu Campbell started his first book. Pretty sure Carol still has the cards he wrote them down on too.

post #20 of 24

Nope. It's looking like the winter of what was it? 2002 or 3? We get skunked too. So long as there are volcanos though, there's likely to be snow at some point. Could be a season without much lift served though. It will snow, but I'm guessing we'll have a short, late season at the local areas even if we do get a couple of good cycles. NOAA seems pretty spot on. I've got other things to do, but it's sometimes tough to shift gears. So yes. I'm officially on record as being pessimistic for our winter. I'd love to proven wrong and made fun of after the fact though.

post #21 of 24
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So long as there are volcanos though, there's likely to be snow at some point.

 

Or hot lava and acid rain... could go either way really. :D

post #22 of 24
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Or hot lava and acid rain... could go either way really. :D

 

 

chuckle... :)

post #23 of 24

My mountain is supposed to get freezing rain turning to rain today.  :(

We'll be having indoor training.

Then outside tomorrow with on-snow training.  Conditions du jour should be firm.

post #24 of 24

It started last spring when I wrote on the calender what I was thinking/working on at the end of the season so when I turned over the page to November there was my outline.

 

For the first day on snow my simple goal is to make one good turn. If I don't feel one in the first 2 hours I'm done anyway. If I do feel that smooth flow fall line to fall line I'm off the snow asap. I know I can ski badly so why ingrain bad patterns early.

 

For years my early season drill was to not fully buckle my boots in November. Now I spend as much time on teles as I can. Skiing wise I'm now into the laying down of as many nonstop runs as I can, partially to build stamina, mostly to lull my thinking mind into letting my feet find flow. I'm more in the camp of noticing and nudging then setting up hard goals. I'm still working on some of the same stuff (too narrow stance, oversteering outside ski, too much knee/not enough hip angulation) that were on the feedback card from the first time I tried out as an instructor in '81, but it takes a much better eye to see it now at least. I used to feel bad about not being able to "fix" things once and for all but I've since spoken to people on the D team who also say they mostly wind up coming back to the same issues at some point each season.

 

It's been a good year so far, with pretty good conditions. I've already reached the crossover point where my hours taught exceed my days skied, and a snowshoe in my backyard woods today make it appear that I'll be able to start skiiing out my front door in only a couple more inches. 

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