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post #31 of 33
Originally Posted by Jamt View Post

Like Von Gr√ľningen said after his career, once I really learned to balance on the outside ski everything else became really easy.

Keeping the feet closer together (not touching, duh) makes it much easier to take them away from under the body and find balance on the outside ski. If you don't feel like posting video publicly, you could just PM it to Jamt or others.

The proper weight distribution inside/outside on groomed is 0:100 so how about practicing 0:100 for a while, i.e. do Javelins and such for a couple runs, get a feel for that outside ski balance. Then it will just become a matter of not forgetting about your unweighted inside ski while it is skimming the snow... Do remember how the brain amplifies feelings: when you think you are 1:99 in reality it would be more like 30:70 wink.gif

post #32 of 33
We often see a lot of discussion of the concept of crossover vs
crossunder. The misconception here is that it is often thought in terms of either or while it is usually it matter of the mixture of both, much like pressure can have blend of outside ski and inside ski. Part of the issue illustrated in the video shows almost a pure crossover technique. And while crossover is largely appropriate for that type of turn it has to be blended with a bit of cross under to keep some extension in reserve so that you can continue extending and progressively edging into the apex of the turn.

One way to approach the correction would be to keep your body low as the skis come underneath you and not allow your body to get "tall", but keep your body lower to the snow and the "tallness" be extensions to the side into the apex. in other words think skis out- not body up and over.

to create an exaggerated illustration, imagine if you were on a steep fallaway slope and try to extend up. The rate of the slope fall-away would make it so that an up move would cause your skis to re-engage very late. And on this slope to retain ski snow contact you would actually have to direct your body even more downward to make early enough contact reengagement. So if you envision this illustration and then dial it back to the conditions in the video you can see what you might need to do. so it is both the matter of timing and body/ski direction. Good luck
post #33 of 33
Just out of curiosity what flex are your boots?

Edit: I see you're skiing 130s. Your boots are too damn stiff at night, and you can't flex them. The same might be true during the day too. At 200lbs a 120-130 flex boot is about right if you are carving turns with good technique, but if you can't flex your boots like in the video you're in trouble.
Edited by clink83 - 2/28/15 at 9:30pm
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