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post #31 of 34
Originally Posted by ssh
No matter how well I may (or man not) ski, I clearly communicate for crap!

What I am trying to understand is the gap between what some people think about their skiing and what I observe in their skiing. I intend no value judgement in it. I am also trying to understand how I can self-coach a bit and have a level of confidence that I can align my sensations with my objective performance. In other words, learning how I can have a clearer perspective from which to launch my next growth. And, for those others who would like to be able to do this (most skiers above basic beginners, in my experience) to help them to take the step if they'd like.
Yep I got that bit.... I think it just depends where/how your brain functions.....

I'm with you - because we know from me being repeatedly hit over head with ski poles (joke joyce) that I have the opposite problem.... I perceive my skiing as quite dysfunctional - arms & legs akimbo no control of skis etc etc.... yet I am told that I ski OK - nothing like as badly as I feel I do.....
You would expect showing me video might help? but no - I see only what I wish to fix - so I see a heap of problems & nothing else....

My instructors & friends despair of ever getting me to be more realistic about my skiing....
post #32 of 34
Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
All of the technical hupla around here can give you a headache, and a lot of people post who probably shouldn't be posting, but that is the nature of the internet.

Ok - I resemble that remark! :

Then again I have never claimed to be a great skier...
post #33 of 34
I enjoy reading the instruction forums and trying to glean some informaion that will improve my skiing. I envy those that can read the descriptions of the movements and apply this into their own technique successfully. I can't do this without at least illustration and preferably video if at all.

I think its a lot like golf, unless you can feel the difference between doing something correctly and incorporating this into muscle memory and a repetitive action, good luck in making changes and having them work. I've read a ton of golf instruction and little of it helped my swing. Probably gave me too many things to think about and I couldn't see the forest for the trees. I think this can easily happen in skiing too.

The best skiers on the hill (instructors and racers aside) probably can't articulate what they are doing, but I would bet they could tell what they are feeling when they are skiing. Its just inate to them.

I was reading one of my Lito books the other night and he has a chapter on dynamic anticipation. I had forgotten about it. I think that might be the "magic move" that allows skiers to progress and ski tougher and tougher terrain better. If you're in position to make the next turn your likelihood of executing becomes pretty high.

I believe the simpler the concepts the easier they become to master and fine tuning can come later and becomes a function of a lot of ski mileage.
post #34 of 34
Carving skis will create well defined curved lines in the snow. So make a few turns, stop, and look at your tracks. If you see nice "S" lines, then the skis were carving. If you don't, they were skidding/steering. My favorite suggestion to my skiing friends is to practice carving on easy terrain, like flat runouts and catwalks. It makes those mundane parts of the mountain fun. The most difficult part of learning to carve is to eliminate the twisting/skidding motion that we all learned to do at the beginning of the turn. On a flat and wide trail, just move your feet about hip width, roll your skis on edge keeping your weight on them (move your upper body slightly in the opposite direction of your knees/hips), and wait. The skis will begin to carve. You must resist the learned tendency to push the heels out. Make one gradual turn, and then roll the edges in the opposite direction and wait again. Make small turns and changes in direction at first, working up to rounder turns. Once you learn this on flat terrain, try it on steeper runs. At the top there is usually a flatter spot to start on where you can do the same things that you learned on easy trails. Then try to link more and more carved turns. Most of us learned this using one ski at a time back when equal edge pressure was taboo. I think it is easier to learn that way because you only have to worry about one ski at a time. Carving both skis simultaneously so that curved "railroad tracks" can be seen in the snow takes a bit more skill because you have to pressure and edge two skis at the same time. But what a blast once you get it.
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