I gotta agree with you here....most of the "Instructors" here have no idea, and have never taught someone at your level...grabbing at straws they are. Can you improve hell ya...but they have no clue how to get you there....as for your long turns...not bad...not great...no ski performance, you are just getting on edge and riding the rail...great demo of what one particular "no creditial, but "I know everything" loser thinks is great"....wide stance in the fall-line, narrow in the transition....you moves are ok, but the timing is out.
At the end of the turn, you should be working the tail of the ski, if you look at the turn right in front of the camera you will see the bulk of the snow starting to come from the mid forebody of the ski, you are still on the tip...too far forward for a gs turn finish....you need to be straightening the ankle and letting that tail WORK! However, and I hate to harp on this, but if you were one of my athletes, i would be kicking your ass with this....once you work like that, the skis will perform and the forces will build big time....you will need very solid core and leg strength to pull your feet back under you in the transition to start the next turn.....you just dont seem to have it...pick up any book on racing or the CSIA manual talke about the effect of technique on performance, and then about how technique with strength on performance....you ski well, just no power.
"Good" Skiing is too general. Your definition of good and someone else's is going to differ incredibly.
I view "good" as effective and efficient, because that is the way that I have been trained to analyze skiers. So here is what I see specifically in the 3rd vid:
1.) Biggest problem - I see that you are trying to be too dynamic in your movements. The large up-unweighting at the beginning of the turn/extreme flexion at the end of the turn is taking away from the natural performance of the ski. I catch myself doing this whenever I am trying to maximize the forces in skiing and get going real fast while still making turns. It seems you get quite low to the ground (extreme flexion) which causes your inside ski to shoot out from underneath your body as it flexes more, thus making your ability to change edges simultaneously difficult. Also because of the extreme flexion the pressure gets out of control at the end of your turn.
Have to run, will add more later.
Hope this helps.
You guys are pointing to certain aspects of my technique that are intentional, and some that aren't.
In the superstar carving clip:
The last turn where I cross in front of the camera is not completed off the tail intentionally. I'm making a 90+ degree turn at 35+ mph across and directly above two people, like 30-50 feet away (see the dude in the red jacket?)...I ride the middle-front of the ski in that case to stay in a position of steering power, and make sure I don't go flying into somebody. Sure, I could have gone to the tail, but that means I have a much better chance of not working the tail right, not continuing my turn properly, and hitting somebody.....too risky. There's a difference between skiing defensively, and skiing smart.
I can't tell if I'm intentionally inducing a bit of skid/spray (push) to check speed, but I certainly agree I could be riding the edge cleaner in that turn....I'm ahead of the sweet spot. Look at the 5-6 turns above that one, those look the cleanest to me, and I seem to be riding the outside ski well. The sweet spot on that ski is the middle/back, where the entire edge engages and carves cleanly. Now......should I be using more fore-to-aft weighting through the turn? I used to do that much more, but I thought that we should move away from that with modern technique? I've found on those head's, there's really no reason to pound on the tips to initiate, the tips are so wide that just rolling on edge with some slight forward pressure seems to be enough to initiate a turn....but I could be laying into them harder. I agree I am not working the tails enough on most of those turns either (or by pushing the outside ski forward to complete)....I can do that wherever I want to in a turn....late, or very early....like the fiddle clip, where I'm intentionally sking the back of the ski. Subjectively, how much of that kind of rear weighting to complete a turn is acceptable or prefered, and when should it be started?
On the issue of extreme movements, unweighting, and trying too hard - I'm trying to ski with a very high edge angle on my outside ski, with a relatively straight leg....I'm clearly hitting 60-70 degrees, with about 80% of my weight on the outside ski. Now, the inside ski is not hitting that angle, it only gets up to about 45 degrees - I'm not weighting it much (but the weighting is slightly rearward), and it's not determining turn shape.....it's sort of along for the ride, but I'll use it to catch myself if my outside ski gets knocked off line etc. I have my inside knee bent quite a bit, keeping that leg/boot/ski out of the way of the downhill ski. I want to be able put my inside ass cheek nearly on the snow, or be able to touch the snow with my hand, and have been able to do this on slightly steeper pitches. Subjectively, is this good technique? I think it's pretty similar to what I see out of most WC GS skiers......and if not, where am I falling short? (I would say I use the inside ski less and don't angle it enough, get more upright in transitions, keep a straight upper body, plus the I don't have the strength and balance.)
I would also like to point out that I am clearly not unweighting signifigantly between turns......I do get very upright, because I am not staying low between turns. I'm basicly riding out the straight outside leg to complete the turn at around a 30 degree edge angle, which means I'm close to upright the end of a turn. This means I can turn like I am without actually having to use any leg strength, or expend much energy......just flex at the hip....it's quite energy and strength efficient.....which is probably why it looks lazy to a race coach (SkiDude72), and like I'm working too hard to a freeskier or advanced skier (ski nerd, zig zag). Is this good, bad, ugly, or subjective?