|3. Transitions between gates are slow making my line later and later 'til I
have to scrub to keep from blowing the last couple of gates.
This sounds like you are trying to ski a too tight of line. Practice skiing a "rounder line" giving you more time in your transition between turns. You will be able to finish your previous turn and will allow you to engage your skis more precisely in the new turn. A more precise ski engagement will allow more carving than skidding and as I stated in other threads, patience is a virture in race technique. You can always start to tighten your line once your transitions are cleaner.
|2. Transitioning from the skate to the first 2 turns. On anything steep or
icy, I usually skid those first 2 turns trying to start on a high line.
It sounds like your skating is a little out of balance making your transition to clean turns difficult. A dirll I love is called skate-to(2)-shape. It starts off with skating down hill, transitioning into a sequential short turn that transitions into simotionous short turns while keeping the same rythum (easier said than done). Practicing this drill should help.
|1. Tripping the wand before I have any significant forward movement
(a timing problem?).
Moving your core area forward instead of your feet and legs should help. Watching Diane Roffe do starts in a clinic with her on race technique was very inteeresting. She is able to explode out of the start shack. To keep her feet and legs from tripping the wand and getting her core to move forward first, she does a hard stomp on the start platform while she moves her core forward. Her sholders are more than a foot past the wand before she tripps it. Maybe this would work for you.
|I think I actually have a pretty strong skate. My problems seem to be:
Most skiiers skating is not as good as they seem to think it is. Make shure that the movement is diagional and too side to side. In a strong skate, your movement needs to start from the center of the longetudinal plane, and move forward diagionally. To do this, your theighs should touch and knees meet before the skating extension. Work on precise and balanced skating, up hill, on flats and down hill.
Sorry I didn't respond sooner, my comp. hard drive went south.