Originally Posted by PeteW
Head Vector 120 But they are a bit old. I'm planning to replace them for the 15-16 season.
that's not too bad - make sure you put them on properly: the strap on the liner not the plastic, fairly tight, with the top buckles not too tight.
You're doing more like hop turns, so you skip the entire first part of the turns, "landing" just after the fall line and jamming it at the bottom, overpowering that outside ski, after which you push on it to get on with the next turn. Yes, you are overdoing it for that slope and are too focused on driving with the outside knee.
You should have in fact the outside leg extended at the APEX of the turn, where you have max pressure on it rather than in transition.
- easy with the up and down, it may fell like it now, but that's not where the power comes from
- redirect that thought to take the feet more to the outside from under you instead: I mean instead of up and down motion, transform it into side to side motion: short legs in transition with the boots under you, long leg(s) at apex, with the boots away to the side.
- focus on a nice round turn, skidded equally throughout: use the top of the turn as well as the apex and bottom: don't skip over it, but focus on maintaining contact with the snow and skid the skis early, before the apex. The up and down is killing that now: both because you're jumping over the first part of the turn but also because your legs are long and you can't really tip the skis too much and end up turning them in the air and landing on them... you need to think more about edging the skis than hopping them.
There's more but that's a lot for now :)
Ski old school for a few runs. With boots very close, not a lot of up and down (keep both legs fairly extended throughout) and focus on managing the inside ski: keep the inside ski parallel with the other one, the shins parallel (tip both ankles and knees together) and the boots matched: don't let the inside scoot ahead of the other, for the purpose of that drill and focus on getting nice round turns (whatever round you can get with long legs, heh :) ) - it's the focus that counts.
Move to a black run and do some braquage: sliding sideways on the slope, with the boots very close again, weight on the downhill ski but focus on maintaining the inside ski parallel and close. While doing this, turn your hips and torso to face the downhill.
You'll feel weird for a while, but you'll be also changing your skiing.
Edited by razie - 3/24/15 at 7:55am