Here's a video from a couple of days ago, trying out some new skis.
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Here's a video from a couple of days ago, trying out some new skis.
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Because the inside ski isn't "underneath" him?
I think you may find that at your ability level, an MA on flat hero snow may not produce much food for thought. Something steeper, faster and more firm that is closer to your ability threshold and something more fitting to your Rossi Heros (?) would be much more valuable to your development process. We need to see the cracks in your armor that won't show on this snow. That said, this is the terrain all good skiing stems from and in that light, I like the cleanliness of your stance and movement. How far up the scale of terrain difficulty these attributes will follow you is the question.
This is good skiing. Your alignment looks a little soft to me--especially the right--which could be a contributing factor to the smear that was mentioned. I'd also recommend you work on your release and engagement. By pushing off the outside ski every turn you're leaving a lot of opportunity for turn shape [ear/y engagement] on the table. Try staying lower between turns. You won't be as successful in working on your release until you fix the upper body rotation you have. Your inside shoulder, arm, hip...etc. all rotate into the inside of the turn... which is zapping energy out of the release.
Work on these two drills to start with:
Great skiing as far as I'm concerned. You carve cleanly and you have a nice rhythm going. Not all skiers can do what you do. You are quite a good skier. Steeper terrain would push you more but IMO you have nailed the basics. And that's what counts. I don't need to see your flaws to give you some suggestions for going further in your pursue for expert level. Like mentioned here above by Helluva and others, start activating your inside leg more and explore retraction transition turns.
That's not the remedy I see.
I see the same push off that Heluva does. That causes diverging skis as shown here. Here the inside ski is underneath deadslow. It's how he gets there. Heluva is on the right track. I'd do things a little differently but it's only a minor quibble.. Definitely get alignment checked first. Then in addition to what Heluva is chasing down, I'd work on inside leg flex during initiation.
These two pics show new outside leg extension without much new inside leg shortening,. The head has come up and over a bit and because the long inside leg is blocking movement, an outside leg push makes sense.
Although there is a good argument that the Schrittbogen drill (or a modern equivalent)
would directly attack what is going on here, I would still use drills similar to what Heluva has proscribed before going there.
I would agree with that but also temper my agreement with this and other suggestions that would become significantly more relevant as speed would increase beyond what is demonstrated. Any tips related to the DIRT like yours are situationally related directly with speed. Longer turns will keep the skier further away from the fall line and will slow the skier thus exasperating the MA/speed issue. I believe the suggestions more related to stance and alignment are more relevant at these slower speeds.
I see some asymmetry - the right leg seems to soften (shorten) more than the left,
providing better angulation, less inclination on the left footed turns.. Both turn entries show diverging tips (as others have noted).
it may be that the extension transition leads to a rush to "get back inside the skis"...
I had to go ski today. The main difference between Dead's and Mikaela's turn is intent. Watch Mikaela's GS turns (in the next Brandon clip after the one you linked) and there is no divergence. In slalom she has to make the skis turn sharper than is possible in a pure carved turn. Her intent is not a pure carved turn ( but she still is very close).
Here is Mikaela at the first gate. She's clearly pushing off the right ski and creating diverging skis (aka skating). That's her intent and there's nothing wrong with this.
Here she is at the second gate. This is totally different than skating and different from Dead's turns. Ah, that outside ski is just a little bent. She's also pushing snow with her inside ski, but this ski is more carving than skidding. To me it looks like the difference is that the inside ski is only being engaged from the midpoint through the tail (notice how it is not bent like the outside ski).
Here the outside ski is unbent, but there is no evidence of a push off onto the new inside ski. Instead her whole body has been propelled into the new turn. The difference is rebound off the ski vs extension of the leg. Dead's trying to carve. M isn't. With respect to carving, Dead is leaving some performance on the table. M can do pure carving if she wants to. Dead may be able to, but he's not showing it here. He's very close, but this is also low angle terrain. There's nothing wrong with this skiing, it just could be a little better. There's nothing wrong with M's skiing here either.
This is a gross over simplification of the differences.
Have you skied indoors a lot or do you generally ski flats a lot? I am asking, because to me that's how you ski. You really want to turn your ski's, instead of you letting your ski's turn you.
As for the things I see in your skiing:
You keep your shoulders level by moving your upper body towards your outside ski, instead try move your ski's towards your upper body, like climbing a wall with your ski's. This is why you skiing sometimes appears to be a little bit 'hippy', even though it appears you're not hip dumping (judging by this vid it wouldn't surprise me if you were a hip dumper once though).
You push away your outside ski.
Keep your upper body facing the valley when skiing short carved turns, don't over rotate. Because of your over rotation you sometimes have to much weight on the inside ski.
Your timing is off. Focus on short pressure points on the flats. Only 'push' when in the fall line and then immediately release and start the next turn. You are pushing too much/too long...
Keep your hands forward, instead of dropping one arm all the time.
Seems to me you are pretty inconsistent with your LTE engagement, sometimes you do it, sometimes you don't. Make it consistent. Especially your turn to the right has too little LTE engagement, your left turn however is much better, LTE engagement wise.
As for some things other people mentioned:
The diverging ski's part --> It is impossible not to have your ski's diverging, since your outside ski is travelling a bigger circle than the inside ski... Your ski's will always diverge before the fall line and converge after the fall line. Looks like she even does it intentionally --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXj1r-favCg
The staying low during transition part --> Even though I agree, I want to mention that staying low is not always the way to go on the flats; wc racers don't always do that either on the flats.
My 2 cents.
Now that is an MA that I feel includes nothing that could be disregarded due to such a low speed and no slope angle, key aspects that need to be considered.
That is a good point about the divergence. In addition to that, I see no disengagement associated with a more grievous diversion.
One thing I did notice that as soon as things steepen in the middle section and only four turns, I see evidence of A framing that was not present on the flats.
Thank you, everyone, for your comments. I got my alignment checked out and am currently working to fix it. Here is a clip on a slightly steeper slope. Unfortunately, the snow was slop. I freely admit that I need to work out more and lose 15+ pounds and work on my skiing to improve, but I only ski occasionally. Cheers!
That clip looks pretty textbook to me. I'd definitely point out that run as a "what to do" example for my students.
In fact, can I use that clip as a contrast for my students' video MA clips? I don't trust my kids enough with my camera to get footage of myself skiing.
A-ha, now we're cooking with gas in this clip.
There are a lot of good things happening in these turns. Your balance is good in the fore-aft plane, vertically, and rotationally. You have good separation - your lower body turns more than your upper body, so you create a coiling effect.
What you can do to improve your turns is to change how you initiate each turn. You have a strong move inside the turn very early. You can get away with this on soft snow where your skis push out a platform for you, but this tactic will not be effective on ice where your skis will slide out. As you approach the camera through the end of your turn, it appears you are more standing on the inside ski than balancing on the outside ski. (Notice the reverse wedge that happens when you get too much weight on the inside. This is an indicator that on more challenging terrain, your outside ski will slide out.) Clearly you're a strong guy because despite this, you can crunch your way into angulation on the outside ski and you avoid toppling in. You end up on the inside ski at the end of the turn because of the aggressive hip move at the top of the turn.
To make skiing easier for you, create earlier balance on the outside ski. Instead of trying to make the ski turn by moving your hip in, start balancing on the outside ski while it's still on the baby toe edge. Progressively relax your inside half and allow the joints to tip in. Doing so will give you natural inclination and natural angulation, resulting in lower effort skiing and better balance in challenging conditions. You'll also then be able to shape your turn more at the top (which as you ski away from the camera there's a visible lack of shaping.)
To break yourself from your habit of tipping in early, give yourself a slight traverse, maybe a whole second, to recenter at the end of the turn and balance early on the new outside ski. From there, allow your inside leg to flex and let the pressure build on the outside ski. There needs to be enough pressure on the outside ski to allow you to move the lower joints in and stay balanced.
Despite the transition and top of the turn, these are great turns and most people would be thrilled to ski like this. Good skiing - keep rocking on.
I agree with most of the replies. Yes. Good skiing. Most skiers would be really happy to ski that well. I'll add my two cents worth. I suggest that you try building the counter acting a little longer towards the end of the turns and make sure the counter balancing is where it should be. Increasing the counter acting thru the release will tighten the radii and give more energy for the initiation of the next turn. YM