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Just got back from Co

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I had a heck of a good time skiing in Breck while I was there. This is my 5th or 6th day on skis and I was loving every minute. My wife bought me a set of Com4's for christmas this year and i had a chance to use them this time out. As I said before I am not an experienced skier by any means but I found the factory tune on the 4's to be a bit sharp. My instructor suggested I have them detuned a bit and once I did it became alot easier to skid my turns.

My second day out was easier than my first given the detune until we went up some of the easier blues at Breck. We took a bit of a break to have lunch before heading down and I let the slope of the run get into my head a bit. I realized later I was spreading my legs a bit wide in anticipation of the extra speed on the slope and that may have caused me to catch my inside edges a bit. When my skis are wide I tend to drag the inside edges of my skis. I noticed this whle pushing myself along at slow speed. When my skis are close I can push without effort but when they come together it gets tough.

I found my once easy turns were hard to accomplish due to the uphill ski's downhill edge digging into the snow and staying out wide from the downhill ski. My uphill ski would stay in a wedge shape and not want to follow the downhill into the turn. When my turns wouldn't happen for me I would try and force it by leaning and turning uphill. Needless to say I ate lot of snow on the way down the hill. It took a while for us to get back down due to my frequent falls and exhaustion but it was still a heck of alot of fun seeing more of the hill. I can't wait to get back and give it another try.
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So, what do you do to turn? Why do you turn? What's next for you in your skiing?
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Looking forward to having you back

with which instructor were you skiing? It is great that you had some fun out here.

A few exercises that may help are "thumper" turns (not referring to hard falls), rather a simple exercise that lets you lighten the pressure on the inside/uphill ski with a light lifting of the ski. Also, shuffling throughout your turns can help in narrowing your stance somewhat.
Both of these will also help you help you stand over (hip socket over foot), the outside ski. You should then be able to minimize the inside edge hooking up and throwing you. It is also very difficult to lean into the turn and do these exercises. They should keep you moving with an effective stance.

All the best,
Jon L
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I skied with Dirk Muller. Great coach and nice guy. I fell apart on the last run but I can do that on my first time doing something new. I tend to get tentative my first time out of the gate until I get comfortable. I was good to go on the easy green runs but the newer blue had me mentally off balance.

I also got tired pretty easy after my first few falls and my feet were killing me in my boots. Once I finally got down I had to sit for a while with my boots loose before I could get moving again. It was weird since the boots fit great up until then. My left foot gave me some trouble the day before but my right felt like a tennis shoe. Once I hit the blues on day 2 both my feet were freezing cold and hurting like hell.

My theory on my legs being too wide comes a week after having gotten back home and reading a thread on here so I am not 100% that is what got me. There is thread here on carving turns with a wide stance and skidding turns with a narrower stance. I do know it was alot easier to manipulate my ankles while on the greens and I seemed to be tensing up on the blue slope. When I get into "tense, I am gonna fall down mode" my legs naturally widen to gain balance. I think that screwed me up and caused me to edge my skis more instead of skid.
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