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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Well... i finally managed to upload a couple of videos, so i am ready to be destroyed...

To offer a little background, i have maybe 60-70 days of skiing in me, and the closest thing i have ever had to a lesson was skiing with an instructor friend for about half an hour while he offered some pointers... the rest is just watching other people, and practice...

welll after that, i offer you the following videos:

Single black... i had to dodge a small rock peeking from the snow at one point...

Blue trail, if i remember correctly...

Both videos were taken opening day of this season (June 17), and cover was a bit thin...
post #2 of 6
You are doing very well for your limited experience with skiing. I'm guessing you are good at sports?

Without getting too complicated, what I saw was you look a tad tense, like you are clamping down on the snow with your muscles.
Weight is slighty back too. These things will give you tired legs, cause the skis to squirl around sometimes and give you less control when you need it.
There's also a tendency to push out against the snow with the outside leg (leg on the outside of the turn). This is a defensive move.

The "clamped-down" look means you are not moving with the skis, staying in balance through each turn: the arms are low (good!) but also stiff and the poles get dragged sometimes (that's combining with the backstance).

To fix? Should be actually rather easy for you to fix these things. A lesson will make it all clearer, but essentially you want to be moving your whole body in concert with the skis, getting more centered on your feet, and loosening up a bit. stand up!

Some things you can do to get feel for this:

on an easy area (almost flat even), walk about on your skis, lifting each foot as though you are marching. Keep doing this as the skis start to slide, and direct them around by marching.

Then (still on an easy area, almost flat even), speed up your feet, and start to step the skis around faster, eventually so you are pattering or running.
Note, this is an exercise. When skiing, keep the skis on the snow!

Another thing you might try (on that almost-flat terrain) is to undo the cuff buckles (top 2 buckles) of your boots; get rid of the feeling that you can lean against the backs to control the skis. If this is working and feeling OK, undo all the buckles! this gets you using the soles of your feet, and stacking everything up over them to get the power to make it work.

These exercises would be good for you, as you seem unafraid, and athletic. Once you get the feeling of being right over your feet and using the feet to drive the skis, I think you'll add it to what you already can do and feel the increased control (and no more sore or tired legs).
post #3 of 6
Hi Kuroyume,

I watched the first video and like your style. With some more hours on the skis you could really fly. Here's a few snap shots of you. Do you think your hands should be leading more? Nice stance width going. How about upper/lower body separation? What kind of skis are you on? Thanks.

post #4 of 6
You appear to move your hips to the inside of turns pretty well, resulting in good edge angles. You appear to get there by extending the new outside leg of the new turn. Sometimes your new inside foot comes off the snow during the early part of the turn.

I'd like to see you think about making the same move with both legs, feeling both feet pressing into the bottoms of your boots while you're starting the new turn.

You also make your extension primarily by straightening your knee joint. I'd like to see a preparatory flexing of both the ankle and knee joints and then more straightening from the ankle than from the knee. This would make your hips move more forward as they moved to the inside of the turn. This would let you rely on the fronts of the skis to bite the snow and the rest of the skis to follow them, making better use of the ski.

Your propensity to flex at the knee puts your hips behind your feet. More attention to flexing and extending at the ankle would bring your hips more over your feet.

It would also help if you kept your hands in your field of vision while you're looking toward the next turn. You tend to let your hands drop to your sides, which increases the tendency to end up on your heels. When your hips are behind your feet at the ends of turns, you need to move them farther to get into the new turn, which makes you make more of an extension than you would need if you were more centered over your feet. Your thigh muscles would thank you too.

I'd echo Ant's suggestion you take a couple of lessons. I'd be careful where I skied with all the buckles undone, however. If you fell, the boot could come off your foot instead of releasing from the binding and the brake would not engage, so the ski/boot combination could travel quite a ways downhill and be quite a hazard for others.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the comments.

Ant: i have never considered myself good at sports... the only other sports i have ever practiced were martial arts (2 years of karate and 1 of tae-kwon-do)

The issue with me sitting back has been plaguing me for a while... i'll try your exercises next time i get on the snow (hopefully before the end of the season here in Chile, otherwise it will have to wait until december and the start of my season at Windham)

slider: I'm on K2 Apache Blackhawks, 160. My main problem with my hands is that i first learnt to ski without poles, so i still don't get used to having them with me... so sometimes they get kind of forgotten...
post #6 of 6
Did you ever hear about the "elephant in the living room"? You know, everyone KNOWS it's there - but no one wants to talk about it. Well, I DO!

From the video, it's ultra clear that you're wearing dark blue or some other muted color. It's obvious: WEAR RED, for gawdsake! That would DEFINITELY improve your move. "OK", you may ask, "so what if it DOESN'T improve my move?" Silly goose! Can't you SEE?! Dark blue! really! You wear red, my friend, and you'll look WAY better in the lift line, which is really the important thing.
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