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MA medium steep crud.

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Snow conditions were heavy deep chopped up powder. Fairly steep.

If you were at ESA it was day 3

Skis, Crossmax10 pilots 165cm 65mm waist. (my fat skis
post #2 of 8
dchan, your turns are very methodic, precise, dialed in, and on point. The turns look rehearsed almost (which knowing you are looking toward a level 3 sometime soon they probably are being rehearsed). The skiing in the first clip especially is very pretty but it lacks energy and real use of the skis. I don't know what your goals are for your L3 (other than passing of course) or what the expected skiing is like, so I may be way off base here so take my MA for what it is worth (I in no way mean to offend - I am always cautious of doing MA for a moderator/administrator... if you don't like the answer you could ban me .

The first thing I noticed was that the turns were very choppy and static. The second thing I noticed was that every few turns, you made a turn very differently from a static, choppy turn. This happens to happen only when you are on your right ski going left. The left ski turning to the right is not nearly as dynamic. You seem to just turn that sideways, slam onto your edge (ever so delicately), and move into the next turn. I really like a lot of the turns going to your left in the second clip though, which I will get back to momentarily.

Because you seem to only skid the ski sideways without a lot of uper/lower body separation and/or carving you end up stacking a little too much in the turn. This is putting weight on your inside ski enough that where the terrain is steep, it leads too much and ends up throwing you in the back seat (again, mostly when you are turning on your left foot).

Basically the only advice I would give you is two things. One is to employ slightly more counter so your shoulders face down the hill slightly more than they are right now. The other would be to make your turns more round. The only thing it may require is that you are slightly more forward at the top of the turn. Try to stay in the turn carving/scarving an actual arc. You did it several times when your right foot was your weighted "stance" (can I say that here?) ski. It didn't appear often with your left foot turns. Once you get that movement pattern dialed in to where it is comfortable to use it on terrain that steep, you can play around with angulating more and pressuring the skis more than you are in an attempt to put more energy into and get more energy out of the turn... less fighting the skis and the hill and more using it to your advantage.

Disclaimer: the lop-sidedness I saw in your turns may have been a double fall line - was there one? Technically it shouldn't matter, but if there was a weakness on one side a double fall line may exaggerate it...


post #3 of 8
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Yes slight double fall line along with a very painful right knee after 4 days of heavy crud taking it's toll on my recently scoped and healing knee and femur rod removal. I was trying to not let it affect my skiing and being very concious of the weakness but mind over matter doesn't always work. Thanks for pointing that out. Sometimes it takes someone else to see little things like that. Something to work on..
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We've posted before about carving. I feel that is is essential, and you seem to feel that it is an option. Anyway, for sure, carving is easier on creaky knees (like mine) than twisting the skis sideways and pushing them in the snow. Put the skis on edge and ride the edges as they slice through the crud, bumps, whatever, with no rotary force on the knee joint.

If you really do try these online lessions and work up to the final lesson you'll find yourself sking more smoothly in varied snow and have less strain on those knees. My recent experience is on a cloudy day with very poor visibility...I didn't know if I was on pack, crud, or bumps until I was in it, and I skied it all smoothly with the same style, just shifting fore/aft balance in the crud*. You don't have to let anyone here know what you're doing...it'll be our secret.

*Deep snow has more resistance against the skis and boots than packed snow. The feet must be brought forward in the deep snow and pulled back on the pack to maintain balance. If the feet aren't pushed forward when entering deep snow, often a face plant is the result.

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Originally Posted by SoftSnowGuy
We've posted before about carving. I feel that is is essential, and you seem to feel that it is an option.
If carving is the only option in your tool belt, your options will be very limited indeed.

Skills at will seem to make more sense.

Any skill at any time will really open up the mountain to you. A full range of movement patterns I feel is a better option.
post #6 of 8
For the conditions, that is very nice skiing. But I think I agree with Heluva's advice. Rounder turns and a little bit more upper/lower body separation, so that you look less rigid. I would also ski with legs closer together, but that is a matter of preference only.

There is one other thing that you have not shown in your recent videos: strong cross-under with a healthy amount of retraction. I think that may reduce the slamming of the edges that Heluva referred to.
post #7 of 8
I agree that there needs to be more upper and lower body seperation both rotary and laterally. Also there is distinst pivot before most of the turns and that is very hard way to ski like that. The first video show slightly less pivoting then the second, but still quite a lack of upper lower body seperation. Or should i say for how good everything else is you lack this a mastery of this ability.

One thing I would like to add, is the outside leg stays stiff for to long. causing you to stem slighty as you start your next turn. Try this first on a groomer to soften the outside leg(new inside leg) instead of just extenting the new inside leg(new outside leg).

I am passed my L2 4 days ago, so please take my words with that grain of salt
post #8 of 8
Hmm. Not the easiest snow in the world to ski.

My only reccomendation... let the skiis run a little more down the fall line and don't try to keep the speed down so much. Go for it. Let em rip. don't try to carve on the outside ski so much either. its definitely tough because I want to tell you to ski it like powder, but its only a few inches deep, so it doesn't exactly work that way.. You've submitted yourself to many other MA sessions on here...so all the comments about counter and bla bla bla...seem more appropriate in those other videos..while this one is about how to handle "crud" specifically a little better. Personally, I think based on the other videos I've seen of you..you're doing a pretty decent job of it! B-)

I do think you're trying to ski it like a packed run though...and if it weren't for modern skis you'd probably be suffering through it quite a bit more. Instead of plowing through it to the bottom and carving your turns...try to find ways to get your skiis planing across the top of it. Just let em rip a little more I think.
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