I've been skiing for the past few years but have recently ramped up my time on the slopes and would like to try and correct some error in my technique.
Unfortunately, I can't currently afford to pay for lessons so hope that assistance on here / taking videos and pics etc may be able to help with some issues. I've never taken lessons (apart from very early beginner) so have picked up most of my technique from googling / watching other people. (Too many skiers from the 70's it seems..)
One annoying aspect of my skiing is unnecessary counter rotation. I believe I like the look and effectiveness of this technique for skiing steep terrain and bumps however I find that I can't shift it when carving on easy groomers when I think it looks inappropriate and I may not be using my skis effectively. I imagine this technique has become habitual, stemming from phrases such as ''shoulders down the fall line'' to which I thought should be in all skiing circumstances and now I know it definitely isn't.. I have tried to correct this on groomers by thinking 'follow my skis with shoulders'.. This kind of works mid through a turn but I still think Im too countered at turn initiation. In addition, I'm unsure if I need to think of following my hips square to skis as well as shoulders as they seem fairly countered as well.
The following link shows a video of my skiing on a steepish red groomer
My skis are Volk mantras (100mm under foot with 24m ish radius)...
In addition I've posted some stills that I took on a 0.5 second time lapse..
Could anyone kindly offer any advice or insight into what I may need to work on with my skiing? Counter rotation or in general.
Any drills to help would be much appreciated!
My confidence and balance on skis is quite high so I'm hoping with some advice in the right direction I'll be able to iron out some issues.
Any help / advice and drills would be hugely appreciated! Any positives seen to keep doing would also be great to hear!
Quick final thought: Does having a larger turn radius found on all mountain skis make it harder to carve steep terrain? It seems nigh on impossible to effectively carve a steeper groomer if one turn takes you 24m, unless you're at blistering pace.. Or can certain techniques shorten this radius without sliding...? Or ultimately when you buy all mountain skis do you have to accept loss of carving ability on piste?