Originally Posted by U.P. Racer
All you guys that are trying to "fix" things in his skiing are missing the boat!! He has his own technique. Let's call it the "The ski technique of the stars." EVERYTHING that he does, in each clip, is PERFECT execution of his technique depending on snow conditions, steepness of the run, speed, etc. What he has posted is basically a tutorial. Maybe a few of you should start taking notes.....
Yes, you should start copying me. That would be awesome.
Seriously though, it is not perfectly correct GS technique. I know that. It's GS technique bastardized for freeskiing, and specificly in this case with a locked posture (the main thing I'm trying to do in the clip).
Don't tell me I don't know what I'm doing in the clip - alot of "flaws" that you guys point out are aspects of the technique that I'm doing intentionally, for somewhat good reasons.
Consider the flip transition. Yes, it's not generating speed out of the turn........do I want to go faster? NO! I don't see gates or a clock, do you?! I'm taking the momentum and storing it as vertical height, instaid of speed. I'm too high between turns.....does that matter overall in the scheme of things? No!
What about the dragging/forward inside foot? It's giving my something to balance against, and save myself from flying into the trees if I loose the outside ski.
What I am doing is loading the outside ski at a high edge angle and bending it piss out of it. I'm doing it at a fairly fast speed, but not too fast. I'll bet I can do this general technique (but with less body lock, and more fore/aft work) on a steeper, bumpier slope, with longer radius skis, and still get a short(er) carved turn out of it while effectively regulating my speed, better than most people could do with a standard GS technique in the same situation
. That's why I don't ski skis with a radius under 20m, this technique doesn't work on those skis!!! It works GREAT when trying to freeski on a 30m or 35m ski!