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Can you tell much from these pics?

post #1 of 6
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Hey guys, my first time skiing was Dec. of '05. Since then, I've logged probably 30-40 days.

http://powdershots.peakshop.com/Slid...EID=0002244985

These shots were taken by powdershots.com at Snowbird last Saturday. Can anyone give me any pointers just by looking at these? It was a pretty good powder day.

I hope to get some video up soon for some real analysis.

Thanks.
post #2 of 6
icy cal,

No you can't tell much. But the person in the blue coat in the background of the first pic provides an interesting comparison. Their position looks much more balanced and powerful than yours. One positive to note is that you are not leaning into the hill. By having the line between the shoulder blades closer to parallel to the slope pitch than perpendicular to it, you are in a better position to react to the terrain. In most of the pics I see one or both of the hands below the waist too much and too much bending at the waist instead of at the knees and ankles. In the next to last photo I do see some upper/lower body separation and better indicators of balance. With just these pics to work from it is impossible to determine how much of these issues are coming from technique, from conditions or from your equipment.

I would not want to presume to give you any specific pointers without seeing some video, but from your description I would guess that working on fundamental balance and stance movements on groomed trails would be the best place to start. Skating, stepping and hopping exercises would help in this area. However, having video on a groomed run as a contrast would make it much easier to recommend the most effective development plan for you.
post #3 of 6
From what I can tell, it appears you are sitting back a bit... Make sure your shins are resting on the front of your boot. Also it seems that you are steering with your arms, rather than transferring your weight to the downhill ski. Lastly, try shortening your leg on the uphill ski, and making sure most of your weight is on your downhill ski. This will sort of be automatic as you shorten the uphill leg.
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eysikal,

From the pics, it looks like you got it going on . The 4th photo (botton left) may be a little telling, but I really can't see enough from one pic with that much snow to make an accurate accessment. Shure looks like a great day.

RW
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icy cal,

No you can't tell much. But the person in the blue coat in the background of the first pic provides an interesting comparison. Their position looks much more balanced and powerful than yours.
Thanks everyone for the input. That person in the blue coat happens to be a Snowbird Ski School instructor, haha.

Hopefully I can get some video up so that you guys can go to town on me. I do notice that I have a problem keeping my weight on the shins as well as separating upper body from the lower.
post #6 of 6
Hey cool picture sequence, the older girl(think I know who it is) in the blue look good

On you with out seeing you in person or a video the last 2 picture show balance and proper stance which go hand in hand, while the first couple show a lack a of disipline in you arms and upper body which that alone will cause you to be back seat in snow and steeps that are at this mountain.

are you still in town eysikal?
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