perception vs reality
First a couple of notes:
ssh - sorry not to post that I would be up at Copper to you and all the other Summit Bears. Never very sure of schedules when I'm up with family and that makes it difficult to try to meet up with folks. Would welcome the chance to try to get some turns in next time.
dewd & BigE, sorry but I don't get your comments. BigE, are you looking for more up & down movement between the turns or are you saying you think the turns are too static?I am my Father afterall
I have an old picture of my Dad skiing. He was a very smooth, but classical skier - feet together, skidding around the turns, rather upright stance (he died before the shaped ski revolution) and I think I ski a lot like him (and my brother, who has obviously seen us both, has made this same comment). As I watch these two videos, I must admit that I am a bit disappointed. I thought I was skiing better than I am (now about that perception vs reality thread).
When I passed from being a stem-christie intermediate skier to parallel skiing, it was what most of you derisively call the 'glue-booted' days. For me, I was taught that it meant a very quiet upper-body, shoulders perpendicular to the fall line, chest facing downhill, feet/boots together (we knew when we were doing it right by the scraping marks on the inside of our boots), weight on the inside or uphill
ski - pushing it down into the lower or downhill ski. I'm not sure if my instructor meant for me to always do that or this was just his way to break my stem-christie, but it became my habit. Let the skis get out from underneath you and somewhat of necessity, the weight winds up back on the heels and you effectively get windshield wiper turns. Stand upright and you get a nice smooth parallel skidded turn. Another old favorite drill: take your poles, grasp the basket of the right pole in your left hand, basket of the left pole in your right hand, so you are holding the poles parallel to the ground out in front of you. Head down the fall line, striving to keep your shoulders and chest perpendicular to the fall line while you keep the poles parallel to the slope.
I won't get into a long history of my skiing, but once Tag Jr. came along and my skiing days increased and I got newer gear
, I started to play around with my technique and realized that the first thing that had to change was to get my weight over to the downhill ski. Took a bit of work, but I did change that.
I do like the first video better than the second, but still feel that I am waaaay too upright. There is not enough angulation between the upper body and legs, although I am glad to see that the inside ski is outside of the outside shoulder on some of the turns. Again, my perception is that I am getting a lot more angulation than I see in the video. Likewise, my stance feels much wider to me when I'm skiing than what I see on the film (and I'm skiing on Volkl AC4's, for chrisssake!). The little bobble on the ice patch shows that the stance is too narrow.
My other cardinal sin is geting my weight on my heels. Rusty picked up on this in the first video and the second clip shows it even more. It always becomes more pronounced on a steeper run because a) I'm more like to sit back rather than drive forward on a steeper hill and b) it's my way of controlling my speed - less carve, more skid. I was trying to be a bit more aggressive on the second clip, but somehow being more agressive doesn't always seem to work for me. I feel like I ski better, not when I'm being agressive, but when I focus on keeping my weight on the balls of my feet and off of my heels.
Anyway, I keep working at it, but it's tough to teach an old dog new tricks