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post #31 of 61
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Originally Posted by Lobo
Nice , tdk . But in my opinion a bit too narrow stance and " all european knee under knee " from time to time. ...
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post #32 of 61
Thanks for the Windows Media Player version, TDK6. Looks like fun skiing done very well, especially the powder section. Demonstrates that you have a variety of good skiing skills and can adapt for differing conditions. Is this another collection of older video images or more recent? Do you have anything like this that shows more than a couple consecutive turns?
post #33 of 61
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson
Thanks for the Windows Media Player version, TDK6. Looks like fun skiing done very well, especially the powder section. Demonstrates that you have a variety of good skiing skills and can adapt for differing conditions. Is this another collection of older video images or more recent? Do you have anything like this that shows more than a couple consecutive turns?
Good that you finally got to see what everyone was raving about .

All filming except the evening shot was made during 4 days of skiing at St Anton in the Austrian Alps this past February. The evening shot at the local home hill here in the north was made a month later a couple of weeks ago. I also have a long version with all skiing made but I thaught that would bore you out. My intension was to create some interest in my skiing. Look at the Video ref. thread for skiing back in 2004. Theres a lot of bump skiing in that one, less carving.

Yeah, the powder clip was funny to make since I only had my short skis but it turned out very well. My bro told me to skip it but I thaught, what the heck, lets give it a try and now we are really happy we did .
post #34 of 61
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Originally Posted by Lobo
Nice , tdk . But in my opinion a bit too narrow stance and " all european knee under knee " from time to time . Be more offensive ( maybe that slow-mo dosn't show proper level of your aggressivness ) . Very balanced silhouette !
Do you really think Im that much knee under knee??? I never was that way many others were but A-frame shure was part of the pickture. Now I have tried to work that out of my system. I think I have done pritty well. Next year there will be even more improvement in this region.

The stance also looks closer on video. What I mean is that I feel my feet are wide apart when I ski and then I watch the video and I go..... oooo really not that far apart!!! BTW, in that one clip I was skiing on purpose with my feet tight together. In my 2004 video (look in the video ref thread) there is a better take on that since the slope was more flat and my skis had less R but I have sort of made it my trademark to carve down groomers in a close stance. Never saw anybody else do it so it kind of makes me feel cool!

Also in the clip were I carve down in a mild mogulfield my stance is closer. That means something now when I think of it... I think that since the surface is that uneven closing my stance will make both skis trawel over about the same bumps and stuff and cause less individual leg adjustments. Glad you made me think of it. Closing my stance there was just part of a natural way of reacting to that kind of terrain. Part of my motto, adapt to the terrain.

Im not that aggressive you are right but I have attitude.
post #35 of 61
Tdk , where ( link ) can I find ALL your videos ?
post #36 of 61
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Originally Posted by Lobo
But in my opinion a bit too narrow stance
I disagree 100%. I think you look great! Your stance didn't seem to be limiting your performance in any way, so why go wider just for the sake of being wider?
post #37 of 61
The stance is fine (this is coming from someone with a widish stance).
Later
GREG
post #38 of 61
Oh yeah, btw, the skiing is okay too...
post #39 of 61
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson
Thanks for the Windows Media Player version, TDK6. Looks like fun skiing done very well, especially the powder section. Demonstrates that you have a variety of good skiing skills and can adapt for differing conditions. Is this another collection of older video images or more recent? Do you have anything like this that shows more than a couple consecutive turns?
Here:

http://ski.topeverything.com/default...nt&ID=4B56C62A
post #40 of 61
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Originally Posted by Lobo
Tdk , where ( link ) can I find ALL your videos ?
Here:

This is a demo of my skiing back in 2004:
http://media.putfile.com/Verbier_2004_Skidemo-1
Feel free to compare to this years video.

Here is the windslab clip:
http://media.putfile.com/Verbier_2004_4

For you who do not think it looks like a walk in the park, heres rasta on the same hill back in 97:
http://media.putfile.com/One-skier-down
post #41 of 61
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
Oh yeah, btw, the skiing is okay too...
Thanx, as you know, I have worked hard on my skiing this year!
post #42 of 61
Interesting videos , especialy moguls ( you are excelent mogul master but aren't your poles too long ? ) , can you imagine that transition from "ancient" style a la Joubert/Vuarnet to pure carving took me almost 8 years !? I started changing my style back in 1996/7 when bought my first " carving ski ": Volkl Carver 187 cm , better say so called carving ski . It was tough process to teach old dog new triks , no professional support , I was forced to try everything on my own - by watching , reading etc . Last two years were crucial thanks new wonderful equipment - slalom RD skis . You are 46 , when did you started skiing ? How did you started changing your style , if you had to .
post #43 of 61
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Originally Posted by Lobo
Interesting videos , especialy moguls ( you are excelent mogul master but aren't your poles too long ? ) , can you imagine that transition from "ancient" style a la Joubert/Vuarnet to pure carving took me almost 8 years !? I started changing my style back in 1996/7 when bought my first " carving ski ": Volkl Carver 187 cm , better say so called carving ski . It was tough process to teach old dog new triks , no professional support , I was forced to try everything on my own - by watching , reading etc . Last two years were crucial thanks new wonderful equipment - slalom RD skis . You are 46 , when did you started skiing ? How did you started changing your style , if you had to .
Im 43 now and started when I was 4 back in 67. The only real change in style that I can recall was 5-6y ago when I had to swich from lifting the inside ski each turn. This had become a flaw in my skiing and adapting to pressuring and maintaining ski contact with both skis in a close stance did not come over night. The secret to this kind of skiing has the counter or pre turn. If you want I can try to post a video of how its done. This is offcource nothing you can use when carving but is very usefull in moguls, crudd, powder or on regular groomers where you want to skidd moderate turns but dont want to wedge or stem.

You are ritght about the ski poles but I dont feel comfortable with shorter poles. I need to see myselfe on video. If it looks much much better I can try to change but otherwise its the feel that counts.
post #44 of 61
I am 52 now and and my beginnings were in late 50's when I was 6 . Of course some elements of classic skiing , such " evergreens " like pre turn , anticipation ( french term ) , short jumping turn to control speed on very steep etc., are and will be valuable and I use them but modern skis realy don't like to skid and we are forced to devolope techniques based on curved turn .
I strongly incite you to try short poles , I switched from 125 to 115 or even 110 ( I am 165 cm tall ) and that forced me to build more offenssive style simply by lowering my stance . I understand that working as pro you want to have longer poles but for your own try shorter ie. Suomi made Exel .
May I use your videos to demo some aspects of skking to our students ? Any new videos from you are welcome .
post #45 of 61
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Originally Posted by Lobo
I am 52 now and and my beginnings were in late 50's when I was 6 . Of course some elements of classic skiing , such " evergreens " like pre turn , anticipation ( french term ) , short jumping turn to control speed on very steep etc., are and will be valuable and I use them but modern skis realy don't like to skid and we are forced to devolope techniques based on curved turn .
I strongly incite you to try short poles , I switched from 125 to 115 or even 110 ( I am 165 cm tall ) and that forced me to build more offenssive style simply by lowering my stance . I understand that working as pro you want to have longer poles but for your own try shorter ie. Suomi made Exel .
May I use your videos to demo some aspects of skking to our students ? Any new videos from you are welcome .
My poles are 135cm. I have tried shorter, 125, but I never felt comfortable with them. Im 190cm tall so in comparisson to your length its 25cm longer. Im going to try 125 next year. Yes, Excel makes good poles but to be honest I dont like fiberglass or carbon skipoles. There is something in the way they flex, give rebound and simply feel that i dont like. I need aluminium. The Scott racing poles have been very nice.

PM me about using my videos for ref. at your school. I would very much like to know where you teach and what kind of students you have.

You are right about the new skis forcing us to skidd less but I still feel that skidding is an important part of todays skiing. The way I skidd my turns doesent really differ from a carved turn in that sence that my skidded turns are evenly skidded in a very consistent way. In other words, they look from turn radius a bit like they were carved. I have been testing skis for a magazine for some years and I allways give the skis a skidding remark. Look at my skiing on the videos, it was all made with 165cm RD FIS SL racing skis.
post #46 of 61
I'm 188 cm, and was using the 135 poles too. I had them cut down. The measurement was done with pole inverted and had above basket with boots on -- previously, it was hand below basket. That's almost a 10 cm drop.

I think the style of grip matters a lot. I use a pistol grip, not a straight grip. With the straight grip, the cut down pole would be far too short, and I'd certainly be back to 135.

I'm considering a switch BACK to the longer pole for racing style turns on steeper terrain, since the reach inside is much farther downhill. Don't forget to factor the slope of the hill to the pole length. Shorter poles, long arms and a huge reach on steep terrain can cause problems too -- you won't even plant the poles, and when you DO need to you'll be far out of balance, and into deep recovery territory. Or, you will plant them closer and be less dynamic.

But for general skiing/cruising, I prefer the shorter poles and pistol grips.
post #47 of 61
FWIW, that is some of the best skiing I have seen posted on epic.
post #48 of 61
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Originally Posted by doublediamond223
FWIW, that is some of the best skiing I have seen posted on epic.
Thanx .
post #49 of 61
Could you post that video at regular speed please? I agree with dd223, it is some of the best skiing here.
post #50 of 61
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Originally Posted by tdk6
BigE
Here are the same clips at regular speed once again for those of you that missed them a couple of post ago . I wasnt shure they looked as good at regular speed so I originally posted them in slomo.
post #51 of 61
Thank you! I watched them, and they are great. You're boots appear to have some serious forward lean! What kind of boots are you in? Have they been modified at all?
post #52 of 61
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Originally Posted by BigE
Thank you! I watched them, and they are great. You're boots appear to have some serious forward lean! What kind of boots are you in? Have they been modified at all?
I swapped my old trusted Dynafit F3 with Formable foam linear wich were comming apart for a pair of Nordica The Beast 2003/4 model. My foot is really big, 29,5 and its 110mm wide so I had to have some serious streching made by a local boot fitter. I have them fitted with the spoiler and they are very very stiff. Still I seem to be getting a lot of forwardlean I admit. Im on a mission of getting new boots. Any reccomendations or what else comes to mind?
post #53 of 61
Tdk6 , sorry am asking through this site . Did you receive my PW from yesterday ?
post #54 of 61
I can give you my experience with the Lange MF.

It was too narrow, and too short. I chose the wrong shell size. The cuff is too narrow for my large calves. I had them ground out, punched and stretched. I had them canted. I ground off the spoiler. The cuff should still be flared.

The removal of the spoiler was a big deal. It allowed me to ski more upright, and it allowed the foot to go deeper into the boot before the calf hung up.

The forward lean is pretty aggressive, and so it responds best to turn initiations where extension is aggressive. Straight out the boot cuff means quite far forward and downhill/diagonal across the skis. IMO, this is an unstated requirement of how to ski boots: match the extension with the forward lean.

The new Lange is supposed to be more upright with more toe room.

I suggest that you first remove the spoiler, and play with the height of the binding toepiece. This will at least let you experience the differences without commiting to a new boot.

Hope that helps.

And thanks again for posting those videos.
post #55 of 61
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BigE, hmmmm dont really know what you mean. Are you talking about a front spoiler? How can removing it result in a more upright skiing position? If I remove mine my boot becomes more flexible.
post #56 of 61
Oh, sorry, I thought you meant a REAR spoiler -- which would push your calf forward. My mistake.
post #57 of 61

tdk6 da man

Popped in for a quick visit and just had to post on this,

tdk6 more 1st quality stuff, great production and real nice skiing. IMHO a lot of your turns appear to emulate some of the style of the rippers on www.amsao.it - mid wide to narrow stance with a lot of dynamic movement esp in those airplane turns. Very nicely done indeed.

Epicski, how bout we sign up tdk6 to coordinate our epic video library? He clearly puts up the best quality stuff on epic. Let's find a way to use his knowledge to benefit the entire community if he is willing. Perhaps Faisasy would be an obvious choice to assist, his stuff is pure quality as well.

Well done tdk6!! Rock on....

Time for some sawx, a little time on the ol 57 strat and back to offseason lurking.....
post #58 of 61
thanks for the MA opportunity. Keeping the ankle and knees flexed in the turn transition and legthening the leg at-or-about the apex of the turn very nice.
Although the poles are a favorite legth for you, I am a bit afraid for you in the big bumps. I do think that you are forcing your torso to get a bit too upright in order to get the pole basket to swing through. Notice that as you swing the basket through your hands have to rise up higher than neccessary and that movement of the hands straightens up your torso.
Greg
post #59 of 61
You ski very beautifully. I really like the way the skis are working. You also get a lot of wieght inside the arc, which is key for getting power to thoese skis.

If you would like some feedback, there is something I noticed. You seem to be leading your turns with your hips, followed by the smaller joints (knees + ankles), leading your weight to be on the inside foot high in the turn. You're basically falling into your turns and waiting for your skis to catch you once they cross the fall line more and dig in. For this reason, you seem to be somewhat parked in one position, unable to further bend the skis and apply more pressure throughout the turn.

What I would work on is getting that weight on the outside foot at the top of the turns and rolling in with ankles, followed by knees. Once you have that stable platform, you can then use your hip for power and can move inside the arc as much as you want. You will no longer be falling into your turns, rather powering through them. At initiation, think about having no wieght on the inside ski. As a drill, try even lifting the inside ski at intiation, skiing on both edges once going down the fall line.

In your current skiing, that moment where the skis dig in and catch you is where you get most of your direction change. This place is very low down in your turn, pretty much once you are accross the fall line. Rolling in with ankles and knees will help you get a higher impulse. Your direction change will occur when you are charging down the fall line, rather than while you are accross it. You will no longer be fighting gravity. The result is more speed in the race course and more stability.

If you would like evidence of where your direction change is occurring, pay attention to where the snow is flying up in your turns.

Also, have you had your alignment checked? Some sole canting may help your somewhat knock-kneed stance, which will help free those knees and make them work more.

Please let me know if this makes sense. As great as your skiing is, there's always something to work on and that's what I see...
post #60 of 61
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Originally Posted by GR8TRN
thanks for the MA opportunity. Keeping the ankle and knees flexed in the turn transition and legthening the leg at-or-about the apex of the turn very nice.
Although the poles are a favorite legth for you, I am a bit afraid for you in the big bumps. I do think that you are forcing your torso to get a bit too upright in order to get the pole basket to swing through. Notice that as you swing the basket through your hands have to rise up higher than neccessary and that movement of the hands straightens up your torso.
Greg
Thanks for the input. I much appreciate it and now with the season behind me I can maybe consider shorter poles for next year. I will deffinetly cutt off 2,5 cm on allredy existing poles and then see how that works for me. Sofar all the suggestions on shorter poles have been just suggestions but now I actually get input that maybe shorter poles will allow my upper body to be bent further forward and my poleplants not require lifting of hand upward.
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