Well, I had both of them on but I would ski half way down the beginner trail on one and then switch to the other ski (I just get too tired going all the way down on the same one). A total four hours doing this drill. It took the first hour to figure it out. I have been skiing for a long time, and overall feel relatively good about how I ski. With that said, the last four hours of skiing was an eye opener.
What I learned............
1) I was not rolling my ankles. Don't know how I went about tipping my skis but it definitely was not with the ankles. I'm guessing my knees. The difference is probably subtle, but not. Don't know how to explain it.
2) Forward lean was probably off most of the time. One footed skiing required a specific body position. Shins into boots, but not overly forward. In the past I always tried to make sure I was driving my shins into the boot. I think I focused so much on it that I was just parked there, and now I think there is a lot more to it than that. Also, the minute I did not have proper forward pressure, one footed skiing just did not work, at best it ends up being a skidded turn with a lifted footed flailing around like a wounded fish. With proper forward position the lifted foot was nice and quiet.
3) Balanced body. I talked about my problem previously in the "Banking Thread". I think I found at least one way to stop banking. Yup, one foot skiing. Leaning in is not an option; you're going down or you will not be able to carve it cleanly. This was one of the biggest things I learned and finally started to feel. I am amazed how out of position I was skiing last year. I need to really work on this.
4) More of a pendulum feel to the transitions. I think this also started to help eliminate the banking issue. I found myself not standing up as much between the turns. Rather, the ski just carved under me. Probably some of my body staying more pointed down the falline stuff going on here as well, being forced by the need to stay balanced.
5) Finally understand the term "blockage". I really couldn't park myself in the turn because the balance would start get messed up. More speed required more tipping, but I would hit a limit and had to change direction. That was an aha moment for me. With this aha moments came...............
6) Patience especially in the beginning of the turn. Had to be smooth starting the turn, couldn't just jam it. There was a nano second when I had "pressure" which felt right a the point I was about to change direction.
So, when I placed both skis on the ground I was all of a sudden able to do nice garland turns at slow speed because I finally started to feel how far "forward" (not sure I like that word) I needed to be to initiate the turn (always had trouble at slow speeds), and I was using the ankles to turn. My feet were also closer together when going slow. Actually the spacing in theory was the same at higher speeds, except for the fact that I was tipping further, causing more separation between the skis. My feet were doing a much better job of getting away from under me. I could turn much more fluidly and finally started to feel when I needed to change directions without being stuck or blocked. Also, my upper body was much quieter.
Skis used: Slalom
So here are the questions...
1) Does this make sense?
2) Is there a way to do a modified version of this drill on steeper terrain (i.e. whitepass turns)?
Nice to be on snow again. I am going back to beginner slope again tomorrow.