Originally Posted by RicB
BTS, it looks to me like he is essentially past the point of needing the feet that far ahead of him if half of his skis are in the air and past the top of bump. IMO. Timing is so important when things happen this fast.
Well I'm suggesting that he is actually approaching the next bump and the feet should be moving foward as he comes towards the bottom of the bump he is skiing down the backside of. When he arrives at the next little flat spot which is the top of the next bump, that is where he should start to absorb and pull the feet back.
In that picture it looks to me like he is about 3/4 done with the turn and approaching the flat spot of the top of the next bump. But I agree with you, he needs to be standing taller right there. BTW, standing taller would also have the effect of moving his hips forward as well.
The reason I feel that he is not standing taller right there is because I feel he has a slight up-unweight in his skiing which comes back down right about where Max's still with the green line is. If he avoided the slight pop extension, but rather did a slower extension that does not create an undesirable unweight, then he would be taller right there at 2/3-3/4 point of the turn, hips not so far back, feet still in front as he approaches the next bump, ready to absorb and pull the feet back while doing so.
Back to the pop-extension, what I see is a tendency as he crests the top of each bump, to absorb it and immediately after absorbing it doing a slight up unweight in the form of too-fast extension. Thus he comes back down right about where Max's last still frame shows it.
Everything is related here. because of that pop extension, he finds himself without a tall stance near the end of the turn, and thus has little room to absorb the next bump, nor to do a more effective "release" transition. So then he will be forced to push off that downhill ski, potentially with a subtle ab-stem, up-unweight and try to pivot the skis again into the next turn, repeating the cycle.
I feel he should focus on his flexion/release at the end of each turn, as well as a more gradual extension into the begining of each turn.
SkiDude, I agree his skiing is high level and I agree with RicB, at any level there can be coaching. You think the WC coaches sit around all day and only tell their skiers how great they look? I certainly hope their only advice is not to tell the skiers to go faster through bigger bumps. I would hope that they would analyze the deficiencies and then in fact take them back to "tamer" terrain to focus on the specific movements which are not as effective as they could be. Taking it up to nastier terrain later goes without saying.
That being said, I think some of the terrain in Viking's video is actually plenty nasty. Particularly the last sequence, which is I believe where Max took these stills from.