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post #31 of 35
Another suggestion: in addition to some or all of the above , and the lessons you plan on taking, you might find very useful information in "The All-Mountain Skier: The Way to Expert Skiing," by Mark Elling. Not just speed control but all technique.

It sounds like you are in exactly the spot I started at as an adult learning to ski, with strong interest in improving but short on time. This book gives really useful breakdowns of techniques and concepts to consider when I actually had time to ski, and it enabled me to make the most use of lessons and info on this board. YMMV but worth a try:

post #32 of 35
In addition to finishing your turns, you may find that you are not starting them early enough. Make sure that you are making them more rounded from the beginning and not coming in too straight (down the fall line) at the start. Move your body into the turn (across the fall line) a little earlier to get more angulation and you may find that it's easier to round the skis more, making the turn more deliberate. Make sure you pressure the skis as you come through, keeping pressure all the way through the turn, through the tails. This will burn off speed. We just did drills on this in ski school last week.
post #33 of 35
Here are some thoughts.

Skidding is okay. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

That said, think about making the skis go more in a forward direction than a sideways direction, and keep the turn going around through a nice round turn until you have slowed enough to be comfortable. These are still skidded turns, but because you are moving forward at the transition into the new turn, it is easier to control the acceleration as you enter the fall line for the next turn.

One thing that may help, is if you have a buddy that is a good skier and can make smooth, controlled, slow (these 3 things are critical!) turns on a steeper hill, follow directly in his path/tracks. I find that just being able to pick a direction to go and how long to hold a turn is a big issue with aspiring intermediates. Just following and being aware of the direction of travel as well as the acceleration and decelleration are quite a learning experience for most. Follow someone for a run and a half, then, halfway through the second run, have pull away and continue to ski as if he were still skiing in front of you.
post #34 of 35
Ok. Here's what I do.
*Keep your skis well waxed; slippery wax helps them go faster.
*Keep a 1 degree base bevel on your edges, helps your skis run a little faster.
* Point the pointy ends straight down the fall line.
* Bend you knees to lower your profile, but not too deep; you will have to be able to absorb some terrain changes. Absorbing by lifting the skis slows you down less than bashing through snow. Try to limit as much as possible how much force you exert in a downward direction.
* The really tricky part: Allthough it is preferable to point straight down the fall line, you can not always do that! Sometimes the run will have a curve in it! And even if it doesn't you will find obstacles in your way. Things like snowborders just sitting there like mushrooms sprouting up all over the slope, and people obsessed with carving a million turns on their way to the lift line. What you have to do is ride the edges of your skis in these situations. Try to make as slight a turn as possible, but enough to give a good amount of clearance. Also try not to slide your ski sideways or "scarve" the turn. The less noise and snow you put up in the air the better.

In a nutshell, keep a low profile, but not too low, be extremely smooth, practice feeling the edges when you carve your turns and absorb as much of the bumps as you can. This should help you control that speed and prevent it from becoming too slow and making you an obstacle for other skiers.
post #35 of 35
Control it? Don't know - I've spent so many miles looking for more of it ....
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