Originally Posted by TheRusty
ok - I have a theory. I don't see the stemming as a conscious technique/tactic issue. What I see technique/tactic wise is shoving the feet out to "reach" for the next bump.
This is from the 19 second mark.
While that is a valid tactic that does work, occasionally you're going to get "caught" where the new inside foot is going to hang up and not get successfully shoved with the outside foot - thus creating a small stem. Personally, I would not worry about this. There are bigger fish to fry.
The first fish is excessive bend at the hips:
This is not excessive
This shows the beginning of absorption with the hip joint instead of the knees and ankles.
Oomph - this shows the end result
It's going to be hard to get pressure on the tips of the skis (and regain tip to snow contact) from this position. When you look at pro bumpers, some of them get their knees almost up to chin height, but they do it with a relatively straighter back. If we can get you to absorb bumps more with the knees and ankles, it's going to open up a lot more options for you.
Here's the second fish:
See how wide those hands are? You don't do this in all of the clips. But in all of the clips there is an opportunity for more effective pole touches. First off, your poles look way too long. Hopefully, stopping the hip bending for absorption will help that. Next, having your hands that wide apart makes it easier for a hand to get pulled back after a pole touch. That's causing some problems - one of which leads to the foot shoving as an effective recovery. One thing you can work on is getting your hands closer together and keeping both in front at all times. If you focusing on using your wrists to move the "thumb up" to prepare for a pole touch and "thumb down" to execute the touch and execute the touches on the backsides of the bump this might help. I've seen advice to stab the tops of the bumps or stab the face of the bumps - so I don't want to say that stabbing the back sides is the "right" technique. I'm just saying this focus should help you develop more discipline with your touches and prepare you to get more ski tip edge to snow contact on the back sides of the bumps. With more shape in that part of the turn, you'll find yourself shoving the feet out less and I suspect that slight stemming will disappear.
That's my theory and I'm sticking to it and I'm willing to bet there will be lots more offered to chew on.
Rusty,the pictures showing me bend at the waste is right on, but it's not necessarily a generic technique problem. There's a wall instead of a bump that breaks the line. Most people would just go around it, but I was working on trying to maintain the line in spite of a nearly impossible and dangerous situation. You can't run your skis up it without potential injury. I was trying to jump up on top of it, but couldn't quite get up there. You can't tell from the video, but it's a crazy feature. Most people would not try to do this. I'm glad I did, because it helped seed a better line. Everything about that line was dictated by that wall, because I couldn't get too fast and had to prepare to jump up on top of it. One picture is me awkwardly getting ready to jump, and the other is after trying to jump on it. I originally posted this video in the Dipiro thread and explained it with this quote:
"Next, this line has "a wide awkwardly shaped bump" as described on page 47 of the book, so it was a good time to practice. This bump has a big sweeping turn in front of it with just one wide bump in the middle instead of a left side bump. This bad bump ends the line, but I'm trying to keep the rhythm as shown at 8 seconds in the video. Unfortunately, I can't quite get on top of it. Maybe I'm turning too much before it and not hopping enough? I'll try some more."
There's no amount of proper absorption that could get me on top of that wall with any better form. The only way is to jump as Dan describes in his book, which I haven't been able to learn to do yet.
Next, in the two clips at the end from 11 years ago I was using 48 inch poles. In all the other clips they are 42 inches, so not too long in that first clip. Though there is definitely something funky going on. First off, there are huge moguls which you can't even see in the video which makes it very difficult to judge (it's Goosebumps at Seven Springs), second, I'm probably too low struggling to carve a wider path because I was struggling to get those skis to release. I think Jhcooley was exactly right about that being the cause of the stemming.
These videos are terrible. There are some serious funky moguls and bad video quality. I wasn't really expecting to talk about my skiing. I was mostly expecting to talk about the utility and dislike of the stem turn in moguls. But, I'm fine if people want to talk about my skiing, though I think it would be much better if I can get some good footage. I just bought a new camera, so hopefully I can post something that's a better representation.