Originally Posted by LiquidFeet
List of the Most Pervasive Problems that recreational skiers have in their skiing
1. sloppy turn entries (beginner through intermediates)
2. stance and balance is off (using a simpler framework)
3. not knowing how a ski works, so unable to get the ski to turn the skier
4. defensive moves instead of offensive moves
5. skiing from the back of the ski with no tip pressure
6. inability to completely abandon the wedge and replace it with a parallel stance
7. (in bumps) stiff-legging and waist-beinding to avoid getting backseated (intermediates)
8. inability to effectively release the old outside ski (at all levels)
9. not having patience thus skiing defensively; patience is a big part of offensive movement
10. leaning up hill with too much weight on the inside ski
11. people push on their skis too much, jamming them in at the bottom of the turn, perpetually riding the brakes
12. most skiers place a lot of weight on the inside leg
13. a "rush to action;" not using patience to allow the progressive development of the turn
14. there's a misconception about who a lesson can help; many think lessons are for beginners only
15. jamming on the brakes instead of beginning turning movements at the top of the turn for speed control
16. hurrying the turn entrance
17. upper body rotation
18. little or no ankle flexion/extension
19. Improper (and often too early) pressuring of the outside ski
20. Improper movement of the Center of Mass.
21. lack of separation
22. balance point too far to the rear.
23. failure to flex ankles.
24. lack of foot engagement.
25. TIMING- extending when they should flex, flexing when they should extend
26. up unweighting
27. lack of upper body-lower body separation (skiing square instead)
28. lack of angulation (leaning in instead)
29. excess tension throughout the body; managing the turn with their muscular system rather than through their skeletal system
30. not engaging the core while being sufficiently un-tense throughout the rest of the body
31. skiers don't create flow from one turn to the next (a traverse between turns; a dead spot between turns; rushing of the top of the turn)
32. unable to, unwilling to, or unaware of the need to produce round turns
33. pivot and brace turn mechanism.
34. feet consistently in front of body, and feet consistently downhill of body.
35. arms swinging; inside arm/hand dropping back
37. “pushing the tails” as a way to initiate parallel turns
38. skis are seen as a braking tool, and not a turning instrument
39. skier is back and inside, necessitating a big body move to get down the hill
40. using big movements to control the skis rather than subtle movements to allow things to happen
41. upper body rotation
42. lack of long leg short leg
43. not knowing how to use the inside leg/foot/ski
44. no conception of release
45. no ankle tipping