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post #31 of 37
Originally Posted by Seven
Is that it or is there more?
I always tack on a "and don't die."

I think it's good to think about technique on the lifts and feel it out on the way down. They if you have some trouble, you can analyze it and set your mind to a little detail in addition to just feeling yourself ski. Something like, "I'm going to make sure my left hand stays forward better." I think trying to work on more than one little thing in a run is overwhelming.
post #32 of 37

No mention of line choice?

I think my active thought process’s are focused on where I am going / when and where I want to turn / Who and what is in front of me / What affect will that have on line choice? If you do not have a full arsenal of turn / balance moves, this will affect line choice?

But again I only focus on technique in a controlled environment to correct issues I encounter under real world variables in terrain and snow conditions.

post #33 of 37
With those new boards, MTT, you'll have to rethink it.

You'll want to be looking for the best snow, finding the untracked, thinking about where the snow will be deepest based on wind, snowfall direction, skier tendencies, and so on.

'Course, the result is the same... You're not thinking about technique!
post #34 of 37
Originally Posted by justanotherskipro
Converting a maneuver into an unconcious response....
: I presume you mean 'subconcious'. Either that or you really do have a 'laid back' technique
post #35 of 37
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Seven
Is that it or is there more?
That's it. If your hands are in the fall line then your upper body is in the correct position (as they say in tele skiing "carry the pizza"), and if you are leading with your face then you are forward both physically and psychologically. From that position your skis turn easily because the mountain is out of the way and you are using your tips to initiate the turns. The only thing to concentrate on is what your ski feels like it is doing.

I am totally blown away by some of the instuctor threads on this site. The level of analysis of body movement is unbelievable, much less trying to convey that to a trepidus novice. I can barely think about one technique tip at a time while skiing, so I just try to feel what the ski is doing. For me it's like sex, if you are concentrating on anything but feel you are probably not doing it right (or totally enjoying it), on the other hand you don't have to worry about falling out of bed at 40 m.p.h.

My pea-brained theroy is that 85% of problems are caused by the skier's weight not being forward enough. Almost every time you see a skier "in trouble" at least one of their hands is too far back (i.e shoulder back, hip back, weight back). Your skis are made to work going in pretty much only one direction, forward. If you are not totally commited to that direction it just gets harder to turn them. ("Those who hesitate are lost") You do not have to be skiing fast to make this work. That is the pretty much the sum total of my instruction knowledge.

Thanks to everybody who contributed to this thread. I really enjoyed hearing what eveybody else is concentrating on while skiing.
post #36 of 37
I'm surprised no-one has mentioned "feel" in the context of bad visibility. Even if someone has learned perfect skiing technique, he/she also needs to learn to "feel" his/her skis in bad light; how to react instinctively to the messages coming up from the soles of the feet.
Feet to Brain: "You are skiing over a massive mogul."
Brain to ankles, knees and hips: "Get bending!"
With plenty of practice in bad visibility that process will eventually become instantaneous.
post #37 of 37
Don't look at me... feet don't tell brain about that mogul.... brain has to learn to fend for itself!
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