Originally Posted by GarryZ
Here's what I see . If other more experienced instructors see differantly please correct.
You have a diverging outside ski. It looks like you are not pressuring it enough. You need to flex the inside ski and extend the outside one to apply more pressure to the outside ski through the apex of the turn. Try shuffling your feet through your turn to get off the inside ski more . Then try unloading the inside ski through the turn by lifting it. See what it feels like to first even out your pressure and next move the pressure to the outside ski and back as it reverses.
Move your hip forward and work on flexion and extension.Time your most extension of the outside ski to coincide with the apex. Flex the inside ski to it's most flexed position as you move to the bottom of the turn. Relax the outside ski to a flexed position to release and then start extending the new to be outside side to begin your turn and to change edges.
Don't use all your extension or flexion up. Leave room for movement either way to deal with terrain adjustments.
Thanks for your response. I think I understand what you mean. On the indoortrainer it sometimes is an issue. Amongst a lot of other things that constantly need attention, we have been working on putting more pressure on the outside ski and we have been doing exercises like you mention (lifting the inside ski).
On the snow I can imagine the picture you have in mind: the hips maybe a little lower, a more streched outside leg en a more flexed inside leg. Although I also would like it to look that way, it doesn't feel that I am not having enough pressure on the outside ski.
This is how it feels: I use my bodyweight to sort of fall onto the outside ski, I bend my knees and move my hips down. Then I release the ski (unweighting by streching up) and my legs move sort of weightless to the other side (it feels like a pause at which I don't do anything). Just a sequence of bending and releasing. I also have experienced that stretching out the legs also is a way of building up pressure followed by unweighting through flexing.
The slope was slushy. Because of all the pressure on the outside ski (sorry, that's how I felt it), it often dug itself in, while the inside ski was still moving forward. In at least one of the turns this is clearly visible. (Because of this experience I adjusted my way of skiing as I got down to the lower parts of the mountain, where the snow was a lot slushier. I moved my weight more evenly to both feet, used less pressure and less edgeangles and I sliced from edge tot edge very comfortably through it.)
When I was carving (the only difference with my normal skiing is that I take higher speeds and therefore greater angles, with the hips closer to the snow) I encountered the same problem with the outside ski: it dug itself in. When I look at the pictures of the turns I made, I would like the position of the legs more to be, like you described.
In the mornings the slopes were icy. It may sound weird to you, but I had a fantastic grip. I felt my outside ski slice into the surface. I must admit, I was very much focussed on standing on the outside ski.