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Lower Body Selfie vid

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Hi Gang,  managed to get in a few early season turns.  Rusty but felt good.  Interested in what you see.  I have my own ideas but throwing it out to the pros. 


My "selfie stick" is an old school XC pole.  I mounted a swivel head from a $15 mini tripod on the end  (the uber cheap plastic tripod heads break - trust me) and a cell phone tripod adapter (Joby).  If you take a hair tie, you can lock the phone in the cradle.


I use this stick to video racers and students on their own phones.  The stick allows good close-ups while maintaining a safe distance from the athlete/student.  My own phone is in a life-proof case.  This is a pretty good product - I have no affiliation other than as a satisfied customer. 


Anyhoo, here is me headless skiing.  Very soft snow on a very mid pitch,  Turn down the obnoxious wind noise.  Do your worst.  -Pat


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1) You push your outside knee inside, which creates an a-frame and you hardly engage your small toe edge. This creates weak stacking. 
2) You are moving your whole body towards where you want to go, instead of moving away from the turn. When you want to change direction, you just tip your ski's to where you want to go and you hardly do this from the feet, but you do this mainly from the upper body and knees.
3) You do not actively extend and retract your outside and inside leg respectively. Your retracting/extending happens due to the inclination of the slope.
4) You are too much in the back seat, you have outside shin pressure by bending your outside knee/flexing the outside leg. What you should be doing is the opposite, don't flex the outside leg, but extend your outside leg (your outside leg is way too flexed, try to extend it a lot more; an extended leg is stronger than a flexed leg) and try to get your weight forward by pulling your feet back and pushing your body forward. Moreover you have no inside ski shin pressure. In conclusion, your shins are not parallel, but they have different angles.
5) Even though we cannot see your shoulders, I am pretty sure they are not level most of the time, judging by what the lower portion of your upper body is doing. Hence, try to move your upper body more toward your outside ski. Furthermore it seems like you skied with some counter in your left turn, but your right turn had almost no counter at all, causing you to bank more in your right turn than in your left turn, could be due to the stick in your hands though. Try to ski with some counter in both turns, in order to effecively use the hip socket/joint. Try to create angles from there as well. Allowing your ski's to move away from your upper body happens from the hip socket. That is the joint that is activated when you let your ski's move away from you.
6) You lack timing skills, you ski with almost constant pressure and hardly push down and when you do push down, you do it wrong (you push by extending your leg) and way too early, causing you to stand wider and wider throughout the turn, which then increases your a-framing. Instead, try to extend your outside ski a lot more (like I said before) and once it's fully extended start pushing (basically you push too early atm, because you are pushing yourself away by combining pushing and extending, first extend, then push, this will create the rebound effect).
7) Your skiing is very static, what you do is tip and then let the radius/sidecut of the ski's do the rest of the work. Try to constantly influence the sidecut of the skiing by constant movement of the body. Never get in a stacked position for too long, that's lazy and inefficient skiing.
8) Keep your hand holding the pole forward, not next to you. Your arms account for 18% of your body weight, therefore keeping your arm's forward means 18% of your body weight is already in front. Because your hand is not in front your pole plant happens from the shoulders, instead of the wrist btw.

My 2 cents

Edited by Art of Skiing - 12/14/15 at 2:42pm
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-Legs too far apart.  Walking width apart is just right, unless your boots are so loose that you need the wide stance for stability.

-Too much weight on the inside foot.  Lighten it.  As a test, you should be able to momentarily lift the tail (only the tail) of the inside ski off the snow.  That's a good drill, by the way.

-Inside foot too far forward.  Pull it back constantly so you try to keep your toes even.  It's like turning on power steering.  Try it.


Agree with the upper body stuff, but the selfie stick changes everything.  Proper arm & hand position is a bit forward and a bit high, just like your body would automatically put them in a natural balance position when walking across slick ice.  Hip on the inside of the turn should be pushed forward at the same time you pull that foot back--sounds funny and works great.  Inside shoulder/arm/hand high & forward; outside shoulder/arm/hand low & back with the pole downhill from your heel.  Bend a bit at the waist so your head & shoulders feel like they're downhill--you'll feel fluid & balanced.

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