Unfortunately this is not one of a sequence but rather just a single shot taken (no vid camera at the time).
Thanks for the suggestions - as much shit as you guys get slung over at tgr, there is definitely some content here that's impossible to get over there.
AlaskaMike - "Very hard to judge by one photo, but as has been mentioned before you inside hand has dropped down and back. It doesn't look like you're pressuring the boot cuffs that much, so moving the hips forward and flexing the ankles might give you more control."
I do have a bad habit of dropping the inside hand- need to work on continuously moving baskets in variable terrain so that the pole is already there. This photo was taken ~1 year ago, and since then I've been trying to initiate my turns with my hips more. Hopefully thats helped. Thanks for picking up on that!
What exactly is a "blocking pole plant"?
lshull -"1). Why's your inside hip so far back up the hill? This is the "defensive" posture that I think many folks have picked up on.
2). Why are you skis so close? I don't think it was as soft as folks think. Was their some rebound off the snow with that ski? The question you must ask yourself is, "Is this stance width functional for me, in those conditions?" If yes, then I wouldn't mess with it very much. If no, then I would consider some of the other suggestions.
3). I also have a feeling this was a fairly large turn, could this be the reason for the forgotten hand?
4). There is quite a bit of snow coming off your skis from behind your feet. How's your fore/aft alignment?
5). You look fairly flexed at the waist. This could be somewhat appropriate based on the steepness of the slope. How stiff are your boots? It would be better if you could flex from the ankles.
What to improve
Try bring that inside hand through and start moving it for the pole touch. Tie a sting to your hips connected to that hand !!
Maybe a slight "unflexing" at the waist and a bit more from the ankles..."
Thank you for the all the details! My hip being too far uphill I think is a measure of a natural tendency to inclinate (until I started skiing with a friend one weekend a year, 2 years ago, who always skis with 2 instructors, I had taken a combined total of 4 ski lessons, none when above about a level 4). As a result, I am mostly self-taught and didn't ever figure out angulation until it was taught to me by an instructor (in the 8 days I've skied with the instructors since). I'm still working on it. Good call on the skis being too close together - I'm definitely not two footing that carve/turn.
I seem to remember it being large to medium radius, though I'm not entirely sure, it being awhile ago. I know I was moving pretty quickly as we were trying to get to the woods on the other side of the wall (photo taken at kirkweed).
I think the snow coming off my tails was due to the inconsistencies of the run - I remember that it went from raincrust to up to 10" deep pretty quickly and unevenly due to tracked status, which, combined with the flat light, made it "interesting".
Now that you mention it, I seem to be overly bent forward. Maybe a more upright posture with more ankle flex, and the ensuing knee flew, would be more effective?
I have moved on to different skis, from 176 Scratch BCs to 186 Legend Pros. Being 5'10" and only 155, they can definitely take me for a ride on occaison but I really enjoy them. I've never run gates, and don't particularly intend to, seeing as teh 97mm waisted LPs are my one-ski-quiver ;D. I do live in Cali and spend my ski days spread between alta, jackson hole, and kirkwood...
I had a really good weekend these past couple o days and came out of it with another picture. Hitting some lift served backcountry off of Sugarbowl, we skied some very sweet corn. Unfortunately, I photoged most of the trip so there are only two pics which were taken by people not familiar with my camera (grrr). Conditions this time: 2-4" of sweet corn on top of a firm base. Ultimately carvable surface.
(actually only one pic cause the other one is me way in the backseat and I knew and know it)