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MA anyone?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Short and taken with a cell phone, but any comments? Medium radius turns on a moderate slope groomed a day or two before.


EDIT: for those of you who just came to this thread try this link first

Video for MA in AVI format.

And below in MOV format

http://media.putfile.com/Dealers-Choice-MOV
post #2 of 22
what codec? I can't see it... If you want you can email me the clip (gjrhoads@gmail.com)
Later
GREG
post #3 of 22
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post #4 of 22
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post #5 of 22
Funny story... it didn't work, then it worked, now it doesn't work again. I must be missing a codec for Quicktime plug-in... any ideas on what it is?
Later
GREG
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hey, I'm an audio guy, not a video guy

I've uploaded it again as MP4

http://media.putfile.com/Dealers-Choice-MP4
post #7 of 22
Um... nope... my computer is sorry for being retarded. I ill figure it out on my own... I did see part of it at one point before you changed it, but I don't feel comfortable doing an MA on 9 seconds of footage that I saw twice... ya know.
Later
GREG
post #8 of 22
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I'm uploading as avi now, it's bigger though and taking a while on dialup. I'll post when it's up. Thanks for your patience.
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
no good

EDIT: click on "no good" maybe it'll work.

AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
post #10 of 22
ahhh yes!

EDIT: you've killed it?
post #11 of 22
I guess I'll have to do an MA now that you went through all the trouble huh...
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
Which one worked? I'm emailing you the AVI.

After all this trouble it's still a pretty short low quality video, I hope there's enough there, if not I'll understand.
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
I didn't kill it, just click on the "no good" link, I thought it was no good, guess it was good.
post #14 of 22
I knew it still worked, but I thought you were insinuating that it may not be good so I was reluctant to consider that our final answer in anticipation of yet another link... anyhow, on to the MA.
post #15 of 22
I feel like a broken record here on epic, but there seems to be a lack of upper/lower body separation. Your inside shoulder is dipping into the turn. You also seem to have an up movement in transition, but I am not sure that is the first thing to tackle.

I wish we had a slightly higher resolution clip, but this will have to do for now. I could see that you were actively using your poles, so your upper body isn't entirely static - which is very good. The turns later in the clip were better than when you first started, but they looked like you were getting more banked as you accelerated.

I have a few more ideas, but I am reluctant to get too in depth right off the bat...

Later

GREG
post #16 of 22
From what little bit of the video I can see, I'd say you need to flex your ankles more and bend your knees less to get your weight off your heels. Holding your arms way out in front often invites the kind of stance I see here. One kind of sticks the butt out to compensate for the hands position. Your extensions for initiating the turns I could see clearly (about two in the middle) looked as though you stand up not toward the turn. It also looks as though your feet separate slightly, often a sign that your initiatory extension is done with just the new outside leg.
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
I've been working on flexing my ankles Kneale, but standing here in the kitchen I can't see how I can flex my ankles without bending my knees.

Greg, banking is an issue I'm aware of.

I just wonder how much is lack of flexibility due to my age (53) and starting skiing late.
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
Interesting, I guess it's a matter of moving my CM more forward, putting my nose out ahead of my toes. Have to work with that tomorrow out on the hill. Since I do focus on keeping my skis back and my CM forward would you say I should focus on keeping my knees from bending?
post #19 of 22
SMJ, try flexing your ankles while standing in front of a wall, so you can catch yourself if you tip over. Your knees should move forward while you flex, but your shoulders and upper body should move with them.
Later
GREG
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
I don't mean keeping them from bending, what I meant was keeping them from bending MORE than the bend they already have.
post #21 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
I've been working on flexing my ankles Kneale, but standing here in the kitchen I can't see how I can flex my ankles without bending my knees.
The focus needs to be on the ankles, then the knees will follow. Yesterday I was given the cue to "crush the outside boot" ... really flex the ankle to flex the boot. This squared me up (reducing banking) -- which allows for an easier turn transition.
post #22 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
I've been working on flexing my ankles Kneale, but standing here in the kitchen I can't see how I can flex my ankles without bending my knees.
Flexing the ankles should move your hips forward slightly. The knees flex a bit more when you don't have skis on to help take the forward pressure you create. Your knee flexing in the video lowers the hips and puts you in position to spring up in the direction trees grow (toward the sun). You want your extension to move you perpendicular to the slope, not up. Next time you're on snow, think about extending to press the turning edges of both skis into the snow progressively.
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