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This took a lot of nerve, oh well. The video is not that good and the skiing not that exciting. Anyway that's all 285lbs of me! My first season after Complete ACL & MCL reconstruction.

I don't ski bumps. Never could. Can't now, but really love the sport. Looking to improve but always enjoying myself and having fun.

Comments, any and all, welcome.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...72573409402288
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Good to hear that you have recovered that well from your injury. Yes, you are a big guy and one benefit from it is that you are not in the back seat. You balance well over your skis. You also carry speed, have a nice rhythm to your turns and it looks effortless and fluent. What you should maybe pay attention to is to try and round off your turns a bit more and end them more across the slope. Now you are headding pritty much straight down the fall line. Could be because the moderate pich but then you should be skiing a bit slower insted. The reason you dont like bumps is that you dont flex and extend at all. Look at the part where you pass the ridge by the lift pillar... you should have absorbed it by compressing yourself and flexing your leggs.
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Boats,

What a great knee friendly technique! This clip should be mandatory viewing for all who say they can't ski after ACL surgery. It's got smooth fun written all over it.

For this pitch of slope, your speed and your medical history we could make some minor tweaks and improve performance a little bit, but frankly it would not be worth the effort. To improve performance a lot, we're going to need to be more athletic and that means working the knees more (and other body parts too). Some people might say that is too risky, others might consider it part of the rehab process. That's a choice you need to make.

Should you decide to go more athletic, the first thing I'll echo is TDK's comment to finish your turns more across the hill. You don't need to on this pitch, but you do need to if you're going to turn up the performance level. Second, you've got some great angulation going on in the turn, but you are getting there with more of a lateral move. We want to see the move have a forward component to it so the hips move diagonally forward into the direction of the new turn. To facilitate this, we need to have the legs work more independently. While you are moving forward, your inside leg is going to bend while you're outside leg gets longer. (remember I said you'd need to work your knees more?) This kind of skiing is going to generate some "G" force in your turns.

In your current skiing, you can see your feet get closer together at times to facilitate the lateral motion. You can also see parts of the turn where you get on edge and ride it for a bit before moving for the next turn. The short term improvement goals will be to keep the feet a constant width apart and to be making continuous movements from turn to turn. You'll get these results by finishing your turns more and adding a forward component to your hip movement during turn initiation. There are lots of exercises that can get you started on this path, but I'd rather see you working under the watchful eye of a pro. You don't want to re-injure your knee.

BTW - Here's a recommendation for the videographer: Use the zoom and the auto-focus.
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Originally Posted by therusty View Post

BTW - Here's a recommendation for the videographer: Use the zoom and the auto-focus.

I know I need to widen my stance, I keep trying. I will work on the other items too. Thanks for the input.

The videographer is my 11 year old daughter. My die hard ski partner. It is a still camera in MPEG mode and won't change zoom once you start filming.
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Boats,

I would not worry about widening your stance. The change in stance width is serving a valuable purpose right now. Trying to force it wider all the time is like pushing string. If you get your hips moving more forward to drive the edge change and collapse your inside leg, you won't need to narrow your stance width to change edges. Those changes will pull the string.
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