I have been wanting to post this topic for awhile myself, all to often on this site is technique discussed in great lengths when the mental aspect(guts) and athletic ability is ignored. I will be the first one to tell I like make due with guts and strength over technique lots of the time. Often times I find myself in way over my head and the only way I know this is because I am plastered in the snow somewhere. Luckily at our age we bounce.
this thread now has a pics
brice PM me if your not ok with this.
You can actually tell a lot about someones skiing while they are air born, and you can also tell that someday with the right technique that you will be going much bigger someday if you doing this. at 10 days a year. this is all based on this picture and the others. things your going to need to work on. no order
1. Your ankles arent flexing at all, I doubt its flexing when you are actually on the snow. this is part of the reason why you in the backseat as you implied in the boot thread.
2. Your arms are lazy. your elbows should be ahead of your ribcage and arms slightly out hand in front. when your trying to learn this you not looking for stiffness you looking for functional tension among not only your arms but also you entire upper body.
3. The above two things and I am sure many other things are contributing to overall balance point that is aft of where is should be. aka backseat skiing , backseat skiing will hold you back most of the time. Backseat skiing makes bumps nearly impossible, your quads burns , it looks bad to a trained eye, and overall its just not letting you get better.
this is what your plans should be
1. New proper fitting boots as suggested in the other thread, no need to go stiff just yet.
2. A lesson from a good instructor, you want to learn and with you diiling back the terrain should be easy. your jumping cornices already
easy blues where your learning on will perfect for you to learn some of that "technique" stuff on
3. Get out of Texas(DD are you listening), you will never get "really" good skiing 10 days a year.
4. ski everyday you can. blow off everything that you can just to go skiing. Think skiing live skiing make skiing your life in the winter. OCD is huge a plus when trying to become a better skier, and trust me you will need to be more obsessed.
5. Always ski with people better than you, if they are female all the better
. If the basic technique is there being pushed constantly is a great thing.
so yeah keep us posted on the progress