Originally Posted by ssh
HS, I think fore/aft balance is a key for improvement for you in all of those areas. I can't tell from the video, so I'll ask: have you had your boots balanced and the delta of the bindings considered in that process? I understand that you have a racing background, and depending on when that was, you may be more comfortable with more forward lean angle than is really suitable for your physiology with modern equipment.
But, if you've been balanced by someone who takes dorsiflexion flexibility and your morphology into account, that doesn't apply.
I think if you worked on a very balanced, centered stance (not using the skis to keep you upright), you'll appear stronger. When the snow gets heavy, it obviously slows the skis down, so your tactics need to accommodate that. But, in general, you don't have to overcome that by cranking way back to get your tips out.
Hop turns are fine, but, again, even in that snow I think that you could have allowed the skis to plow more than forcing them to do certain things. In fact, I think that you could have effectively "carved" your turns like you would spread a thick paste with a spatula.
Hopefully this is helpful. It is meant as my honest initial take. If you'd like more, I can take it down a level...
Steve, thanks for the input. I think you might be underestimating the level of difficulty a bit, mostly due to the poor vid quality....that snow is not flat, nor packed. Up top, I made 3 jump turns because I was dodging rocks and ledges in the manky snow, and didn't have much speed yet, and it's a decent pitch at the start...around 30 degrees or so. I don't think anybody could have made a pivoted or sliding turn with no speed in that snow and terrain. All dickwaving aside, there was virtually no snow on that trail, and that was just the pocket where it collects....we had to pick out way down to get there, and to get out.
If you count, my 4th turn is a real turn, but shaky, then the 5th is a pretty solid carved right turn around a big rock, intentionally skidded at the end to point me above the next big rock. The 6th turn is subtlely airborne and I come down with most of the direction change completed, but scrape down to dirt. 7th turn is a quick edge set, short carve. Turn 8 starts as a quick edge set as I'm already pointed down the fall line, but I extend it slightly, and make a tiny mid turn adjustment/slide with my feet.
Now, up through turn 8, I don't think I'm back seat.....look at turns 5 to 8 again. If I am, it's mild. Up to this point the snow has been reasonably packed....still tricky mank, but I wasn't sinking in much.
Turn 9, the left turn where it's flat and I'm passing the camera, is where it got "deeper" and I intentionally go back seat to keep my tips from hanging up in the snow....it was quite heavy and I'm going a decent clip, if they had hung up I would have gone down. If you pause it mid turn you can see my boot top is just barely above the snow. Now, I don't see any way I could have kept my weight centered, because the front of the ski would have dug in and done something nasty. I don't think it would be possible to bend the entire length of the ski in that situation to execute the turn, which is why I'm bending the rear half.
Turn 10, more of the same...ass 12" off the snow, digging in real hard, surfing the tails (look closely). Turn 11, I hit a waterbar......yeah, a waterbar......turn 12 is good enough, considering I just hit a waterbar. Turn 13, I stop.
Anyway.....yeah, I'm pretty sure my canting and foward lean is all ok. I've tried all sorts of leans and like where I'm at. My boots have normal ramp. Those bindings are fairly flat. Canting hasn't been done recently, but it's ok and I stand flat.
I typically maintain a fairly centered stance....I'll post some other vids.