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2003 to 2008... Vids of me for MA please!

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What's up with the last half of the last clip in the ESA Aspen video? Here I was all ready to give you giant compliments for getting out of the back seat, then it gets late in the day and boom, you go right back to the old fox hat. See how far back you are at 1:04 as you pass the camera laterally? You're much more forward in the first clip. I also like the shoulders level to the slope and the angulation that you are getting. The first turns engage the edge above the fall line and are nice and patient coming through the fall line. Well done. Somebody must have been pretty pleased.

Where to go next? First off I'd like to see you start tipping your skis more. The angles that your skis get onto are pretty much driven by your upper body position and they are relatively flat. You can get up to higher edge angles by adding foot tipping. This will reduce your skidding (which is nicely controlled by the way). Next I'd like you to finish your turns with more counter built up. You've built up great upper/lower body separation laterally (i.e. hinge at the waist lets the feet get out from underneath the body). Now we need to get rotational separation. Let the feet come more across the hill than the core (i.e. face more into the next turn before it starts).
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Because he goes up and down from the knees rather than involving the ankles in his flexing and extending, he's in the back seat through the finish of all these turns, I think. You just can't see it as well until he passes the camera.

Regardless, Fox, you've improved a bunch in the years since Brighton. There's more flow to your turns, you're using both edges more simultaneously, and you're starting to look like you're interested in getting better.

Like Rusty, I'd like to see you increase edging. I'd also like to see you become a bit more dynamic, a bit more active in how much your hips move forward and into each new turn.
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FWIW, Your skiing is progressing but the same timidity in the ski/snow interaction is present.

My suggestion would be to do exercises to elicit more one legged skiing to improve balancing movements and enlarge your movement pool window. This in conjunction with increasing the engagement of your edge angle and your shovel at initiation.

Static: Simply standing on the side of the slope notice how your weight is distributed between your feet. Now lift the poles and your up hill ski and remain in balance. What do you have to do? Notice how your head must move over that down hill foot. Now, set the uphill ski on the snow but remain standing with predominant weight on the downhill ski with your head over it.

Traverse: Now practice shallow traverses on a comfortable pitch while balancing on the inside edge of downhill ski and notice what is required to maintain that balance and not set the uphill ski down at all. (tip: keep the ankle flexed to aid this balancing) Note: a barometer of where your weight is distributed fore/aft is your uphill ski and if it is dangling level, tip up, or tip down.

Garlands: Do the above in progressively steeper traverse angles. You should find that a bit more momentum makes balancing on the edge easier.
This will require you to counterbalance more with the torso creating more angulation in your body and flexing the ankle a bit more to aid balance. (if this is overly difficult some adjustments to your fore/aft alignment may be in order). Once you have done a few of these to either side and feel a strong edge engagement (no skidding) it is time to progress to engaging the shovel more by thinking of pressing the toe piece down into the snow as you balance on the edge of the downhill ski. You should discover a better ability to change the turn shape by changing the fore/aft pressure along your foot. Remember, in order to remain balance over the outside ski you will have to move more over it with your head and shoulders than you may feel possible, intially. This exercise can then be progressed to the point where the committment to the outside ski is occurring before the fall line and you are able to balance all the way around the turn on just the outside ski.

This exercise may be difficult for you to do right now because it pinpoints an area where you are lacking a movement pool to move within but with practice your confidence will grow and your turns will become more dynamic and your edge angles much higher. Create the platform and trust it to balance along. Once these movements are ingrained, the inside ski can be feathered back into the turns but the angulation felt in the onelegged turns should be retained and worked in to your movement pool repitoire. As long as you remain very two footed biased you will never feel the other extreme of the spectrum which is exactly where I think you need to visit and hang out for awhile. Take it to extremes by seeing how high of an edge angle you can achieve and remain in balance. How far can you get the hips inside the turns? Get on some carving skis or slalom skis to really get'm out there.

I could be wrong because many times I am?
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