Originally Posted by KevinF
: I don't remember where this was taken. This was on my skis (K2 Apache Recon's).
KevinF, I think you have a very good sense of moving with your skis, solid balance, and overall I think you're very steady on your skis. Since you didn't share your intent in these turns, I'm just going to be really analytical, and would love feedback on what I offer (from anyone).
The first thing I notice in this video is how quickly you made your first turn, both in terms of how fast you were going since it was so early in your run as well as how quickly you got your skis across the hill. Were you nervous about the slope? Anxious to get turning for the camera? Something else? As a result, I think that you didn't have a lot of energy from the slope and gravity to help you, so you were forced to do a lot of the work yourself, including getting your body moving downhill.
At 0:02, you finish your turn by pushing out on your old outside ski and moving your body over it while directing your uphill/old inside ski towards the new turn. You match your skis quickly, break at the waist, and reach for the pole touch. You never finish the turn, and hop right into the new fall line. The next (right) turn you finish like the initial turn, including that stem, and again don't finish the left turn. Your transition from left turn to right seems to be with a nice simultaneous edge change, while from right to left you push on that outside ski, turn way across the hill, and stem. Until you get speed! Then, your transitions smooth out and you start to flow very nicely (from 0:09 to the end). I suspect that this latter skiing is you skiing "out of your mind" while the former is you trying to think your turns.
I know you've been to multiple ESAs, so I'm going to assume you've been balanced in your boots very well. I think at lower speeds you have a tendancy to keep your ankles pretty rigid, but when the snow started pushing back, you relaxed them and allowed for more consistent flex in all of your joints (leading to that smoother flow). I think the area I would encourage you to consider is the completion of each turn while maintaining that smooth flow into the next. The slow line fast. Still...