Good skiing!!! Even better that you want to improve!!!
marmot mb, I will give you some feedback without reading through any of the posts here so there might be stuff overlapping but at least Im not going to be biassed.
First of all I really must credit you for filming your skiing so extensively on video. I do it myselfe but it is very rare and I feel a little bit of a dork watching myselfe on TV but who cares what they think (wife for one).... there is no better way of facing the facts
The filming itselfe leaves lots to be desired but the editing should have taken care of it. Like if you film someone from behind do it on very smooth terrain and broadcast it in slowmotion. Part from that great coveradge. At least you did not leave anything out
Anway, you are clearly a dooer. You ski and you ski a lot and you do it well. Some of that terrain would have put guys better than you to shame but you just threw yourselfe into the lions pit. This might however be one of your biggest drawbacks and I seriously doubt you will improve much if you dont find the right person (instructor) to help you with it. I have the same problem with guitar playing. I play in bands and rock away on gigs but I never had the patiense of learning how to read musical notation. Id rather just play Johnny Bee Good and have a ball. You rather just ski all that powder than take a year off and learn stuff that will take you to the next level. Dont worrie, you have what it takes in terms of what it takes. Now you just need to get your butt on the learning seat and work on basic skills.
Here we go. Stuff you need to work on:
- proper stance
- upper lower body separation
- pole work
- feel for terrain
Pritty much everything.....
Because you dont know how to separate your upper body from your lower body correctly your stance is jammed. You dont use your leggs enough, you look way too stiff in all directions. Your upper body should be facing more down the fall line and your leggs extend under you in a more rhytmical way but still better adjusted to the terrain. You frequently get caught in the back seat and you have problems absorbing moguls with your leggs. You dont have a smooth ride. You are more or less struggling all the time going too fast. Your turn initiations are performed with banking and your hipps are rotating outwards causing your downhill ski to skidd out from underneath you. You also dont stay in the fall line long enough in terrain like this. You need to make J turns insted of C turns so that you can controll your speed. Now you are speeding through a turn and then going across and there is really no braking involved. Stay more in the fall line but controll your speed by efficient turning.
You also need to lean much more forward. Now you look scared most of the time. Thats probably because you are and that is normal but we are trying to improve your skiing and that has to be done mainly by you loosing your fear or lets say get comfortable with it or just be more confident.
Your ski pole work needs to be improved. With your left hand for example you keep it pointing backwards while the oter drags in the snow. Your right hand pole plant is followed by dragging it after you in the snow and that is because you are not properly balanced. Sometimes you do that with your left hand as well. You also point your poles too faar forwards and let them bounce backwars in a careless manner. That is BAAAAD. And it look bad as well. You need to ski without poles and see what that does to your skiing. You will be devastated!!! I was too once upon a time in the west.....
I told you before you are banking. You lean into the turn and rotate your hipps outwards in order to get your skis skidding causing them to turn. In deep snow this has to be exaturated and if you look at yourselfe in clip 2 you are swaying back and forth when your hipps should be going straight down the fall line and your leggs and skis trawel faar away from your upper body and then cross back underneath you. You need to get an up and down moovement going but only with your leggs and not your upper body. Head should stay in one place togheter with upper body facing down the fall line more than what you are doing now. Maybe you should try to work on what we call a counter turn in order to get your leggs pumping.
Thats it for now.... Happy New Year!!!
Tom (licensed european instructor)