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post #61 of 64
Ben, don't worry about it, all I see is you moving your body inside the turn without extreme angulation. In the other forum they advocate one legged skiing where all your weight is on the outside ski throughout the turn, and in that case you would have to angulate a lot more. Comparing your less agulated body to banking is in the interpretation.

As far as your pole plant goes, I have the same problem since early in the season on my right side. I got hit on the shoulder by my rotator cuff by an upright on a chair swung loose by a lifty and if I plant my right pole where I want it to be it hurts. Consequently I don't reach past the hurting point but rotate my shoulder to get the pole out there, I hope it doesn't become a habit.

post #62 of 64
Ben, I came here to watch your video as soon as I've got a chance. I see some problems. To me there are a few things happening that I notice immediately:
- your outside arm seems to cross in front of your body. It is a short sequence and the point of view is not always the best, but I would like for somebody to follow you and yell "arms" everytime they cannot see either of your poles while following you;
- the rythm is nice, the slope is moderately challenging hence good job;
- I do not see too much of an A-frame at all.. however it looks as if the horizontal distance between your skis varies during the different phases of the turns, which could be the result of either an abrupt edging as opposed to progressive edging or a less than ideal weight distribution. Definitely, there is room for improvement in this direction..Also, edging in your case seems to start in the fall line and not before the fall line, at least not consistently.
Is it because your arms are not in the ideal position? Difficult to say from such a short clip.

However, the element that, in my opinion, needs to be addressed first is your arm position during the turn. Not the static position, the dynamic one, the outside arm seems to cut in front of the body. Solving that, may solve other problems as well.

I think you are definitely going to have lots of many happy skiing seasons.

Thank you for sharing.
post #63 of 64
When I watch the tape I associate the horizontal difference between the skis through the satges of the turn a function of the skier extending his downhill ski and standing against it and carving on this ski. You're going to get some separation when you ski like this. I think this is very dynamic skiing . Maybe not what the examiners are looking for, but aggressive skiing that in my opinion represents a very high skill level. I have no credentials to back up my observation but I would bet the turns that are represented on this video would allow the skier to ski more difficult and steeper terrain with complete control.
post #64 of 64
Not necessarily Roundturns. It all depends on how you manage the free foot. I agree that to some degree you have a point, but Ben is not carving long radius turns at high speed, he is rather skiing medium/short radius turns where in my opinion this should not be happening. Granted, I am not an expert, but I checked a lot of skiers when I saw something I like in terms of grace, style, etc... and on medium/short radius turns I don't see that horizontal separation. In high speed long radius turns with full carving developed at turn initiation sometimes I may see it, but be careful not to confound vertical distance (in the short/long leg) with horizontal separation. Well carved turns happen with consistent distance between skis.
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