Originally Posted by Galun
Figured out a way to "pull" lower res thumbnails from the website. Thoughts on this sequence?
1) Looks like initiating / tipping early at top part of C (picture 1)
2) Looks like shins are parallel / tipping feet through top part of turn (picture 2)
3) By picture 4 / 5 (apex of turn), inside leg / knee is clearly angled up, shins not parallel anymore. Why?
4) Arms are all over the place. Too much movement, probably upsetting balance. Still trying to fix that.
How do I get better? Thanks!
Inside leg tipping
You need to do some inside leg tipping drills. A good one is where you dump your ski poles and place the palm of your inside hand on the LTE side of the inside knee and push it outwards in the turn. In the opposite direction of where you are turning. The opposite direction of where you want your leg to tip. When you do this you activate the right muscles for tipping your leg/knee into the turn. You usually see this drill done the other way around where you push on the inside knee with both hands pushing it to the inside of the turn but it only tips your leg/knee, it does not activate your muscles to do so.
Outside leg pressure
When I look at your photos I get the impression that you are not patient enough at the end of the turn. You are stepping onto your inside leg. Finishing the turn too soon. You need to hold that outside ski pressure longer. All the way to the end of the turn. Everything looks more or less fine until the last frame. Instead of being only forward oriented, try to angulate. A good drill for this is the Javelin turn drill where you pick the inside ski off the snow and hold it up in the air. It also helps with inside leg tipping if done in a certain specific way.
Try to do drills where you tie your arms into certain positions. With and without ski poles. Lots of drills available. Will calm your upper body down and help you rid certain ingrained arm positions.
To me it looks like you are not using a lot of angulation, except at your neck. Be sure to angulate from your hip as well. In the picture sequence above you should be angulating strongly from frame 3/4 onwards. You should achieve maximum angulation at the same time your outside arm reaches the end of its swing.
You use a lot of counter through out. Also at the top of the turn which may not be optimum. However, you need a little bit of counter so stick with what you've got.
Stance width can be divided into vertical and horizontal separation. Note that there is nothing wrong with your skis tracking wider at apex than at transition. For many reasons. IMO you could close your stance width at transition. In this first frame it looks a bit wide. Its partially why you lean on your inside ski later on in the turn.
All in all very nice skiing.