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post #1 of 12
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I always find it inspirational to learn what other coaches and accomplished skiers are working on in their skiing. This season I intend to be working on engaging the skis earlier in the arc, as my tendency/style is to draw out the transition, which a coach explained is causing me to sacrifice power for grace.
post #2 of 12
While I have improved my excessive tip lead it still rears it's ugly head from time to time.So my focus is to keep the inside foot under me.That's only one of my ineffective movements but hey,one thing at a time!!

post #3 of 12
Having just successfully passed the skiing portion of the Level III exam, my focus for this coming season is passing the teaching portion. With respect to my skiing, my plan is to continue working on drills that helped me solve last years issues (turning too much with the hips instead of the feet, slight stemming, stepping off the uphill ski at initiation, not extending through the ankles enough, etc.). When I've made sure that I've passed level 3 and I really own these fixes and am not backsliding, I intend to start working on freestyle (1/2 pipe and rails) and racing skills.
post #4 of 12
Several different transition techniques. Skivots at speed, leaps of faith on steeps, range of motion in my hips.
post #5 of 12
General turning technique: CM & Point of Contact alignment. Specifically into & through transition. Expected outcomes; abilty to pressure & shape the "next arc" as part of transition. Abiity to execute control during any point of any turn. (not that I want to ski like that every moment, mind you)

In general skiing, what starts the misalignment of my CM & POC is when my ski lead pops out there in or after the fall-line. Maintaining platform (relation of feet) allows me to move CM over POC into transition to create ski behavior I want.

All Mountain: CM & point of contact alignment.
expected outcomes;
- Skiing bumps by virtue of using ski design/turn shapes for control rather than terrain.

- Carrying more speed into airs 20' & larger; flying them instead of slowing & dropping them. It's easier on the body that way.

Park: CM & point of contact alignment.
expected outcomes;
Incorporating multiple rotations and switch skiing in the pipe. Getting more comfy with big amplitude

More comfy with rails

combining more grabs w/spins
medium to large jumps switch
medium to large 540s

Well, you did ask...
post #6 of 12
This is sort of a goal when crusing. After spending so much time on a shortish shaped ski where I felt I was being skied. I now try to spend time on longer straigter skis, GS race ski for instance and try to figure out how to make a ski that has a 25 M radious ski like a 15 m radious. Making a ski like that turn inside its natural shape requires you to actualy ski. The moves have to be there in spades.
post #7 of 12
I need to work on staying longer in the outside leg, moving in at the hip instead of dropping hips vertically.

I need to be more active with my inside leg at initiation and throughout the turn.

Playing more with the twist 'n' tip concept. I have given lots of thought to this application in shorter and longer turns look forward to revisiting and refocusing on this nuance. Nolo, we should ski together! I think playing with this concept could help achieve your goals!? It pronates the foot, creates earlier counter, engages the edge early, eliminates any micro skid, creates the higher C turns.
post #8 of 12
I get to work on FUN stuff this year! I'll be trying for an intermediate Freestyle Accred this January, and a level II Telemark Cert in the Spring. So all my free time is going to be spent either in the park, on my Teles, or in the park on my teles! Can't wait! (I SUPPOSE I will have to get on the alpine gear so I can help out my staff with training on occasion.)

Anyway, this year I work on remembering why I got into winter sports in the first place! I'll be thinking of all you guys and gals who are working on pivot slips while I practice my "chicken-salad-sandwich-no-mayo-extra-bacon-mute-method-steezy-540-Indy-grabs" in the park.

Good luck to all, let's all meet our goals this year!

post #9 of 12
My goal for the season is to develop a gentle bump technique my old body will accept.
post #10 of 12
Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post
My goal for the season is to develop a gentle bump technique my old body will accept.
My goal this year is to develop a killer bump technique that my old body will find totally unacceptable, but will do it anyway.

Naw, but I am intent on taking a little bit more ATTACK into the turn. I find that I hold back a bit at the intiation, and I need to give that up, and jump off the bridge.
post #11 of 12
I am thinking about platforming a lot right now, and want to play with the movements that lead to a smooth platform under the ski. A big part of that for me is the movement into the turn so that the skis are moving along the turn early. Conservation of the movement along the skis.
post #12 of 12
I have been playing with trying to ski with smoother flow and less severe pressure varations throughout any series of arcs. A first step was to mentally discard the traditional "end-turn-now-start-turn" perspective for the transition. The transition, is still there, but I now feel it as a much longer phase flowing from from falline to falline that is shaped for the line I choose to take. I am also trying to be more aware how the timing of releasing movements (usually sooner) direct my CM flow to result in a strong and well balanced stance thru each falline. When its working I find that this gives me a lot of options for shaping each arc and choices in where I can go with my line. And it is easier on an old body.
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