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post #61 of 64
Hi Steve,

Haven't read the other posts but here's my two cents.

Look closely at your extension projectory.... You will notice that the first part of your extension movement is vertical like a tree grows. This causes a slight delay in edge change and a bit of a dead spot in the initiation. I realize it was steep there because I skied it with you but by allowing the hips to move across the downhill ski a bit more before you begin your extension will get things flowing more smoothly into the turn and release edges much easier. Those are good level two turns and probably close to level III though I am not up on today's standards yet.
post #62 of 64
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Originally Posted by nolo
A bit of wisdom from the ski gods is that video is always historical; what you are seeing is how you once skied, not necessarily how you ski today. It truly is a reference point on your developmental timeline, the "before" which today you no doubt are exceeding handsomely.
Thanks, Nolo. I definitely see this. In some ways, I look at it now and think, "That's not me." And, interestingly, I'm right!
post #63 of 64
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Originally Posted by bud heishman
Look closely at your extension projectory.... You will notice that the first part of your extension movement is vertical like a tree grows. This causes a slight delay in edge change and a bit of a dead spot in the initiation. I realize it was steep there because I skied it with you but by allowing the hips to move across the downhill ski a bit more before you begin your extension will get things flowing more smoothly into the turn and release edges much easier. Those are good level two turns and probably close to level III though I am not up on today's standards yet.
Bud, thanks for that. I really need to work on that extension movement in the steeps. I've gotten my transitions to be very smooth, now, even on medium-to-steep blacks in difficult conditions (hard bumps and cut-up crud). Next, I think I need to take it to double-black and see how it goes.

BTW, part of this you hit upon: I need to consider whether or not I should begin the process of training for level III. It would be for me and for no other reason that I would go in that direction. I think that I have a number of things to learn from the process, not the least of which being general concepts of teaching that will help in the other areas of my life. But, I really need to believe that the goal is achievable for me (given, for example, the truly part time nature of my skiing) before I head in that direction. I do not want to get entangled in pursuing an impossible dream.
post #64 of 64
I think your skiing is close Steve! It should always be for yourself and you already have demonstrated a passion and commitment to the sport which is beyond many instructors with the gold pin. It's your choice but I would say you are on a roll....
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