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Some new video of me skiing

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Just some video for your comments.

It's a mix of various stuff from Aspen.


Some bumps, Some carving, some Nastar and yes I got way behind on my second run and spent the whole middle of the course trying to catch up...Talk about a miss read....GRRR
post #2 of 16
I'm just going to throw this out there, because I see it in the bumps and on the groomers:

Flat ski at the top, pressure at the bottom.
post #3 of 16
I see improvement, nice going.
post #4 of 16
Who is that guy? 'cause he's not the same guy I skied with at Squaw 6 years ago! Nice turns dchan! I did get a good laugh at the run through the gates though .

The first run in the bumps was right on. I don't know if the next couple of runs were on steeper pitches, but the sking made it look that way. Study the video from the 1st run, and try to apply the same movement patterns when it gets steeper. There's no reason you can't, other than the 6" between your ears. Remember to extend and control the turn as you are coming down the back of the bump and suck it up as you go up the front (you know this, just keep applying it when they get steeper, and don't let yourself slide and slam). In that last bump run, when you were skiing slowly (with the kid), as you slowed down, you reverted to a pronounced up-and-over move. Sure, it works when you're moving that slowly because you're not going to pop off the top of the bump, but try to keep the same smooth absorbtion that you showed in the first run. As you crest the bumps you should see a compact frame with legs as flexed as they're going to get, then becoming fully extended when you are in the trough.
post #5 of 16

Major imporvment

Dchan, I too see lots of improvement. Very good skiing and excellent video filming. What camera were you using?

You make it look real effortless and smooth although you are not flexing and extending much in the bumps. I would like for you to consider an even more mogul oriented approach where you do most of your work utilizing bump rebound. You still do a lot of turing and sliding on the downhill side of the bumps where its steep and sometimes hard and icy. It almost looks as though you are avoiding the bumps. Someone here at epic just recently mentioned that you need to eat a few bumps in order to ski them well. The way you hold you ski poles looks better as well.
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the encouragement.

The camera for the first set was a Panasonic 3CCD. I have no idea what model, (Bob Barnes videoing). The camera for the groomed, race and second set of bumps (slower set) is a Sony MiniDV PC5 (several years old)


Mark and Kara(?) say hi. They are at Sugarbowl this season.

on the race course, I got to the bottom after the second run and was kind of snickering myself. The first run I ran a 28.21 (pace setter 24.27) I thought I didn't really skate out of of the gate on the first run so figured I was didn't carry much speed over the knoll. On the second run on the other course, I really shot out of the gate expecting I would be able to drop right into that next gate and ski out the course. I didn't take into account that the skiers right course was much slicker at the top and got way behind. Played catchup the rest of the run. Still ran it at 29.5ish and got a silver both runs but it was ugly..

I figure not bad for someone that only gets in the gates 2-3 runs a season and only 3 seasons of experience in gates. (yes I probably only have a couple dozen runs through a course of any kind (other than slipping))

post #7 of 16
Wow, considering past videos, I am very impressed! You are so much smoother and faster when skiing in the bumps. Like tdk6, I prefer to see more absorbtion and extension, but there is no question that you are visibly improved.

I have to say that I like the way you "avoid the bumps", skiing the "blue and green" areas of the bumps. Very cool.
post #8 of 16

Nice skiing. I also agree with amike and johnH. You get a little pushy on the outside ski in the nastar course. move to the inside early and stay soft on your skis. Nice line in the bumps. Your legs are flexed about the same amount all of the time. Work on a greater amount of extension off the back side of the bump(moving your feet down), and more bending at the crest of the bump(sholders back, pulling your feet up).

I love your nice relaxed stance and fluent movement.

Nastar-change your overall line so that you are finishing your turns under the gate instead of the belly of the turn passing the gate(first run). Your extension onto the new outside ski is moving you away from the turn (gate). Work on a more diagional movement into the turn (toward the gate) so you don't get so late (first run). Second run-- nice job staying with it.

post #9 of 16
You're bump shopping, trying to find just the right one to turn on. Pick a line and stay with it for at least 5 turns. Also get your eyes up. You're looking down at the bump you are turning. You need to look at least 2 turns ahead.

You can draw a parallel with the Nastar. You are having trouble staying on the line in the course because you are not looking ahead. The bumps are very much like a course, they dictate where to turn.
post #10 of 16
Frankly, I WISH I COULD SKI BUMPS SO WELL!!!! You look nice and relaxed, have a pretty consistent rhythm, what else do you want?
post #11 of 16
i wanted to ask what exactly is carving from all the vidios i have seen it seems that you use your edges and making long - kind of " S " shape but strech out the turn and go more down the trail/slope instead of taking the turns across the hil... Is that correct?
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
In simple terms, Carving is using the ski edge and getting the whole ski edge from tip to tail to take the same path. (tip leads tail) with no skidding (ski moving sideways in the snow)

The only real "carving" I did in that set was the shmedium turns on the groomed run. And there was definitely some skidding in there so not a pure carve. The bumps carving was not my goal. A good blending of skills are required to ski bumps and I'm getting better but far from where I hope to be (someday)

Carving is one goal but if you want to ski the whole mountain, learn all the other skills as well. Carving can be short radius turns, long turns, Across the hill, down the hill, even up the hill.

"Park and ride", another term you will hear can be "carving" but it's not very dynamic..

post #13 of 16
Hey Dchan,

You have made some good changes!

Your turn to the left continues to be inconsistent. Pay attention to the timing and direction of your left pole touch. The timing and the location of the touch are not complimentary to your desired turn. Your movement into the left turn is restricted by the proximity of the touch to your inside ski. When the basket does move with the turn, the mechanics are more long turn. The skis can't release until the boots pass where the pole touched. and that is not appropriate for the terrain.

Direct you pole touch down the fall line. Your release will improve; therefore, your turn shape will begin to match your turn to the right.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 

left pole touch.


Was wondering when someone was going to mention that! It's a good reminder. Bob Barnes and several others at ESA noticed that too. I wasn't going to say anything to see how long it took. As the next week went on I was working on reminding myself to use that left arm. I had to keep reminding myself "it's healed and doesn't hurt! use that arm!" I injured the left rotator cuff last April right before the end of the season and spent most of the summer and fall working on getting it back in shape. (no surgery for now, just lots of PT) At the beginning of the season it still hurt to "jar or bang" the arm so I probably was being timid with it and the habit just "stuck". So please, if you see it in my skiing, remind me. It doesn't hurt anymore, I just need to keep telling my brain it's OK...

Thanks again for the reminder.

post #15 of 16
This is a drastic change from the video that I saw last year. Very nice improvments.

What I see is that you never really hit a good neutral position at your turn transitions. At the point of transition, you are always a little skewed and out of balance. I think this causes a disconnect and you are never in a really good stance from which to run onto a progressive edge very high in the turn. I think this contributes to somewhat of a static pushy appearance. The disconnect is most noticeable in the NASTAR course.

Suggestions would be to find some very easy terrain and hold yourself in the fall line with your poles. Establish a neutral glide down hill and roll your skis onto a progressive edge. Gradually clock around until you are running through a good neutral from a traverse position 180 degrees around to another traverse. Work that into full turns.

Working on nearly very easy terrain takes almost all the dynamics away and leaves you needing to make the right moves to make things flow through neutral transitions. Its boring tedious work but you are unlikely to develop a good neutral through skiing dynamic turns.
post #16 of 16
DC, Day and night my friend, day and night.

What an improvement. You must be happy how you've progressed?

Very nice.
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