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1st time MA request. Where do I go from here?

post #1 of 14
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Hey folks,

I'm totally new to the video MA thing, but I've been waiting forever to get someone to "shoot" me so I can learn something from y'all. I apologize in advance for the quality of the video, but I do hope you can find something in the couple of decently shot turns to instruct me on...

I'm in my 4th winter of skiing and I know I have a ton to learn. What I'm most interested in hearing from you is what you think is the most important thing or two I should focus on learning at this point in my skiing. My goal in skiing for this video was to make some smooth turns and just have fun on an easy slope. They say TV adds 10 pounds? I think video adds stodginess. I think I look pretty dull! I can say that it felt more fun at the time than it looks in the video.

I'm skiing in this video on "Sunshine Trail" -- a green, groomed slope at Bogus Basin, Idaho. It was a fun one to ski where I felt most in control, so that's where I asked Dad to film me... The snow conditions were great. Any mistakes in my skiing are my own.

Here I'm skiing the 2008 Fischer RX6 with Nordica Beast 10 boots, Superfeet Korks...

Thank you very much!

post #2 of 14
One thing that is very nice in your skiing is your body positioning and being in balance.

What do you see ? Could one thing be a short initiation into your shaping phase which doesn't have enough time to develop ? Then you finish at a leisurely pace which should shape similar to your top of your turn. The top of your turn is being neglected. We need to develop the top of your turn and this will put you in better position to finish making better use of the outside ski instead of finishing on your inside ski.
Try leaving your body facing ahead in a traverse and then let the feet find the fall line together and let your outside hip come around later in the turn as a simple drill to allow the turn to begin in a nice round shape.
Work on beginning your turn with some flexion(bend zee knees) and then extend into the fall line using the inside ski to begin the turn as a guide but using the outside ski to carry much of your mass through the bottom of the turn turn .

A smoother initiation using some flexion will remove the up move you use to make your edge change. Rounding the turn more at the top will allow for a more positive edge set that will help you later to finish your turn in good body position using the outside ski to bear the forces of gravity at the bottom of the turn. Then release with some flexion and repeat.

You ski nicely and your very nice posture and body position will serve you well as you advance. For you I believe it's not if just when you will become a very good skier.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by GarryZ View Post
What do you see ? Could one thing be a short initiation into your shaping phase which doesn't have enough time to develop ?

At ESA Tahoe last March Robyn Barnes was working with me on my turns. She described them as "<" instead of "C" and tried to get me to work on letting the skies run down the fall line before finishing the turn.

I'm feeling better about the middle and end of the turn, but now you're exactly right, the top of my turn is where I feel less confident. Tomorrow when I ski I'm going to try the drills you suggested. Thank you!

As for other things I see... I think I see (but I'm not sure how significant it is) more emphasis on my inside ski than perhaps should be. For instance, on one of my right hand turns there's a decent amount of spray coming off the inside ski and very little off the outside ski (I got lucky and paused the video at the right spot accidently once!)... And then on a left hand turn toward the end, my inside ski tracks fairly well and my outside ski bobbles a bit like it wasn't being pressured properly...

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For you I believe it's not if just when you will become a very good skier.
That, my friend, is the goal. And I thank you and Epic for helping me get there.
post #4 of 14
Stacy,

Nice skiing, not a bad stance and nice transition.

What I see is that you need to bend (flex) the inside leg more. Do this progressivly from the beginning of the transition and keep on bending it all through the turn. You are bracing against it some and that is why the tip of the inside ski is turning uphill. Work on keeping balanced between the two skis. You ae doing the right things, but be more active with your movements.

All in all, nice!

RW
post #5 of 14
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Ron and GarryZ,

Whenever possible I especially like to visualize things before I try them in real life -- so I've been going to bed thinking about what you both said, and picturing how it might feel and look.

Unfortunately I didn't have a chance to ski on the 11th, but today, well, today I tried it at our little local beginner hill where I work -- and BAM! I really think you nailed it! Relaxing / flexion during the turn and concentrated balance on both skis seemed to give me a totally different kind of FUN feeling while skiing! Instead of extending the knees to pop up to change edges, it felt very smooth to relax the knees and cross over.

The best part (from my perspective!) -- Linked RR tracks with no skidding. That's the first time I've ever seen those from my skiing! 'Course it's an easy green slope and these were rather large radius turns, but the joy was black diamond! Never mind it was negative 8 F outside!

Maybe someday I can get someone to film me again! (Assuming I can replicate what I think I did right on another day)... Today felt EPIC!

Thank you both very much.

Cheers,
post #6 of 14
My first impression was I would like to either move your binding forward on your skis a bit and/or make other adjustments to facilitate getting more tip pressure on your skis! I think there are improvements to be made in the fore/aft plane of your equipment! One way or the other the shovels could be more engaged throughout the turns. Also, I couldn't see your smile??

I could be wrong...
post #7 of 14
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Bud,

My RX6s have three mounting points for the bindings. Currently there set in the middle one. I can easily move them to the forward notch if you think that might help. Thanks for the comments. (And yes, I was smiling, of course)...!
post #8 of 14
Yes! give it a try and see how it feels!!!!
post #9 of 14
One thing and one thing only.....THen I would go with the flexing of the inside leg more.... Put some music on and dance to the beat.

Appears you have talent...with this one focus...I think some of the other stuff will come naturally or at least easier, once you own this.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by I:)Skiing View Post
One thing and one thing only.....THen I would go with the flexing of the inside leg more.... Put some music on and dance to the beat.

Appears you have talent...with this one focus...I think some of the other stuff will come naturally or at least easier, once you own this.

I love this suggestion. But I'm not kidding here -- I've never danced a day in my life (probably your point exactly, huh!). My sense of rhythm is limited to the old "nervous leg jiggle" (Wife: STOP BOUNCING YOUR LEG AT THE DINNER TABLE) and perhaps on a good day drumming my fingers!

I'll see what I can do. Do you mind if I "visualize" dancing?
post #11 of 14
trochilids, if I was coaching you I would start with your transition. I'd help you eliminate the up move and tail toss. Learn to produce a consistent turn shape, from initiation to completion. Then the ability to vary turn shape on demand. This is ground level edging skills. From there we'd work on balance till it was coming out your ears, then go on to more advanced edging skill,,, AKA carving.
post #12 of 14
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From there we'd work on balance till it was coming out your ears.
He isn't kidding. After awhile it really does start to come out of your ears.
post #13 of 14
and to think that all this time I thought that was wax?.....
post #14 of 14
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He isn't kidding. After awhile it really does start to come out of your ears.
But when you learn to keep the torso upright, nothing runs out of your ears, does it?
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