Hey there Colorado. I'm new here
Originally Posted by Colorado
Thanks. Lots of helpful info & people here, which I appreciate.
I do think there is also a fair amount of misunderstanding about the video I posted. People have latched on to that and it was never meant to be posted up for assessment or critique. Just to prove the point that I was infact carving. Nothing more.
This week-end was spent with the family taking turns heaving over the toilet rather than skiing. As soon as I get the chance to hit the slopes I will get some video of my hi speed carve and post it up for critique. I think that will be a lot more relevant.
Other than that I think this is just going in circles and some posts are getting a caught up with semantics.
So I will bow out of this thread for a week or two until I get back on the slopes and get some relevant footage and we can take the assessment/discussion from there.
Hey Mr. Colorado! Hope you guys get to feeling better and can get out on the mountain soon! That's the worst.
I'm a bad skier too... It's okay. I just came back to the sport after a 18 year hiatus. I have absolutely zero technical input to give you. However I can give you this small bit of advice coming from another person who likes to believe in a self teaching strategy... You have to be prepared that it will take you years longer to self teach yourself proper carving, than to just do a few lessons, admit you aren't that good (which is tough), and take a few things from an expert skier who can diagnose and dissect every single move you make. If you can admit you've only been skiing for one year, you still have the rest of your life to get better. For me, admitting I'm bad only gives me one direction to go...downhill faster
I too can do a "high speed carve" and make some "sick tram lines" on the corduroy but it's not correct technique and I look like an idiot I'm sure. You can't feed these guys on this forum gravy and tell them it's jelly cause gravy isn't sweet is it? You'll just get ripped to shreds especially if you're hardheaded about it. Once you come to the realization that you (or anybody for that matter) won't be able to make significant, significant is a key word here, progress without the help of an actual instructor you will excel leaps and bounds at this sport. I also don't know of many better ways to waste a ton of time than to self teach yourself fundamentals, then take a lesson only to find out those fundamentals you taught yourself are all wrong. Sure you'll take baby steps like Dr Leo Marvin suggests in his book..."Baby Steps" but you'll just eventually get frustrated, break down and take a lesson, and be like "why the hell did I wait so long for this". I know you've got a lesson planned for you and your wife soon which is great... But do not delay, do it this weekend, in my opinion don't even do anything you've heard on this thread as a lot of it is conflicting anyways... So you can either make a plan to take a lesson ASAP or keep teaching yourself bad technique and just be an entire season behind.
You've taken a lot of this critique super well and that I'm impressed with, but I have a real bad feeling it's only going to get worse when you post this new video of your "high speed carve" because you want to "prove" you're doing it. If I've said it once I've said it ... Well... once. Do yourself a favor and have an instructor take the video of you.
Also, you do mention that you're in balance and you're sure of it... Well you look like me in those pictures... So let me show you what happens to me when I'm so sure I'm in balance and hit some crud. This is me in the video BTW, not a male model on a stock video: this was my first day back skiing in 18 years back in 2012. I'll post the video next post.
Here's to a powder day!!! Edited by bnapilot - 2/12/15 at 11:53pm