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What I'm I doing wrong? what should I try?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I've been skiing for a few years now and here's my some problems I can't figure out. I know I need more practice but I think I need some advices too.

1)I have problem keeping both my ski parallel at all times going fast or turning on any blue bumpy or un groom trails.....when I hit some bumpy surface on one leg and not another it seems to make that leg loss control and sometime it cause that ski to clip my other ski in front........u seen this problem before some guy racing fast and suddenly one of his ski start to move like a snake(without control like he broke his ankle) and within a sec or so he lost balance or fall.

2)Why my inside edge sometimes caught the snow when I'm going straight that cause me losing balance?.....the front of the inside edge on my left leg occational clip the surface and cause the back of my ski to hit each other

3)when making turn on steep trails should I use the inside edge of the outside ski along with the outside edge of the inside ski? Like turning right I always use the left ski inside edge to scrap the surface but I feel I lift my right ski a little too much almost off the air....this only happy when I get scare on trails or sudden fast turns. Is it normal?

4)when is the best time to jump on a bump so I can have more air and a balance landing......when I'm at the end of the incline or at the peak?.......I just do them on instint and most of the time work out great but from time to time just feel like my body is pulling at in midair.

post #2 of 17
1. More even weighting of the skis will keep them more aligned, especially if you are riding both left or both right edges.

2. If you're on shaped skis, they generally don't do as well running flat, especially if you stand more on one ski than the other. Try riding barely edged skis with equal weighting when trying to go straight.

3. You want some contact of both right edges when you're going right and both left edges when you're going left.

4. Jumping in bumps, you want to be certain of the landing area more than just when to take off from the bump.
post #3 of 17
1 & 2) Have your skis tuned if they aren't already for this year. The bases need to be flat, the edges beveled at 1/2° to 1° on the base, and probably 2° on the sides. Also, have your boot & leg alignment checked. If you are bowlegged or knockedkneed, even 1°, it makes a difference. You can have one leg one way and the other leg the other way, and that will make good turns really difficult.

3) Your choice. You can put more force on the outside ski if you have all your weight on that, or you may feel more balanced with the weight divided between the two, maybe 60-70% outside and 30-40% inside.

4) The way to jump moguls is to jump across the trough and turn on the next mogul.

post #4 of 17
boots too big?
post #5 of 17
Originally Posted by Ghost
boots too big?
Ghost ... bingo!. First thing I thought was boots are too big.

Ctown, you wouldn't possibly be wearing 2 pairs of socks on your feet would you, cause if so your problem is the boots.
post #6 of 17
Yeah my guess here is alignment problems. Boot being too big is a big alignment problem all by itself.
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Ghost
boots too big?
The boots are real nice and tight. I can hardly wiggle my toes or anything......I have to say they feel tight in the morning and still a little tight at the end of the day(but comfy, no pain, almost about right)....I just at time have feelings of my ankles operates like a loose balljoint. usually when I'm tire

also The boot guy fitted some sole thingy and I feel that my feet are not as far down on the boots as before.....it solve all my end of day loose problems and took alway all the pressure points after he did magic to it but I feel like I'm standing higher than I use to in the boots.........could this be the problem
post #8 of 17
1 your skis may not be flat to the snow. Sometimes a cuff adjustment is enough, sometimes you need more.

2/3 your weight is on the wrong leg. It should be on the OUTSIDE ski.

post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by BigE
1 your skis may not be flat to the snow. Sometimes a cuff adjustment is enough, sometimes you need more.

2/3 your weight is on the wrong leg. It should be on the OUTSIDE ski.


when I turn right let say my weight would be on both my right edge BUT I have 75% of the weight usually on the left ski and 25% or less on t he right ski.......I have a feeling this is not right.....I can control my speed and stop real fast like this BUT I can't seem to glad down as naturally and fast as my buddies........not even close....the rythem is like this for my friends.....constant steady speed short left right left right left right........and for me is like this...speed left turn, almost dead STOP, speed right turn, almost dead STOP......so it's like GO fast..turn STOP GO fast turn and STOP on and on.....I know i'm new but it's VERY STEEP!

Thanks again!
post #10 of 17
AFTER the ski tuning and boot alignment check*, try these online instructions...work up through the blue and black until you get where you need to be.

*A craftsman can't work with defective tools. A race car driver can't race with a poorly setup car. A skier can't ski well with boots and skis that are not right and not right for him.

post #11 of 17
Don't ski on something that steep. It won't help you learn how to ski.

I'd take some lessons.
post #12 of 17
O.k. We will assume that the boots are making skis do what the feet command.

What skis do you have and what tune (base and edge bevel)?

Trying a two-footed carving technique with race-tuned straight skis can be quite challenging.

It is quite allright to put more force on the outside ski at speed.

It sounds like you are doing a skidded turn on steep terrain. A little more info is required. Try skiing on a blue run and concentrating only on the outside ski, let the inside ski follow along as it will without much force on it. Put the outside ski on it's inside edge, tip it and let it carve a turn for you. Tell us how that works. It should get you turning without loosing a lot of speed.
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
the inside leg/ski is the higher ski(the one that you lift more)?
post #14 of 17
If you're making a right turn, the right ski is the "inside" ski; if your making a left turn, the left ski is the inside ski.
Edit: You don't really need to lift either ski; Just tip them an put more weight on the outside one.
post #15 of 17
sounds like a foot alignment problem, can also be ankle and/or knee, hip. etc....likely foot, however.
please take a long look at some of your street shoes/athletic shoes. is the wear on the soles perfectly even? i'm guessing it's not, and that you've got outer or inner wear being far more predominant on one shoe, if not both.
get professional bootfitting, immediately, esp. good footbeds.
they're more than worth the money.
do NOT attempt to bandaid this issue with edge bevelling.
best, vlad
post #16 of 17
There is a lot if good information in Kneale B's post. It is short and right on!

post #17 of 17
yeah- read mine (two back) and check your atreet shoes, first. i'm thinking you may find a distinct wear abberation
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