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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm going to be taking a private lesson early next winter. I've never had any formal instruction whatsoever, just been skiing for a few years.

This video isn't much, just me carving down Upper Twister at Bromley on some groomed loose granular.

Any comments welcome.

Pardon the quality of the video. I tried to get a few more but my videographers are not exactly pros
post #2 of 17
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If it helps, I put a bunch of screencaps at

post #3 of 17
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post #4 of 17
You need to finish your turns. And ski more in tempo. How do you ski without poles?

It seems as if you twist your hip when you turn.

Just my unprofessional 0,02
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
What do you mean by finish my turns?
post #6 of 17
It looks like the only reason you are turning is to break a little bit..
post #7 of 17
You are definitely in the backseat. You need to flex your ankles more and stay more forward to apply pressure on the frontski..
post #8 of 17

You've got a good functional stance width, a tall stance and some high edge angles developing.

Your gear may be holding back future progress. Just before you pass the camera you are levered forward to get forward pressure on the skis. As you pass the camera, you are in a sitting position with shins in a vertical position. This suggests ankle and or boot problems.

As Grook has noted, you change edges very quickly and use your edges primarily for slowing down. We'd like to see you make the change from edge to edge more gradually and let the ski edge do more work to change direction instead of slow speed. When we use turn shape to control speed more than the ski edge, it opens a whole new world of skiing possibilities. We want to see you make turns that are more "C" shaped than "Z" (or sideways "V") shaped.
post #9 of 17
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As I pass the camera I am loosening up and coming to a stop. I realize it's probably a mistake to lean back a bit before I hockey stop, so I'll work on that.

I think I understand what you're saying about more C-shaped turns and letting the ski edge do more work.

As for the gear, I'm skiing Metron M10s with Salomon XWave 10 boots. Not to say that this is the best stuff in the world, but I'm sure it's much more my technique than anything else. Thanks for the advice.
post #10 of 17

Hardly anyone leans back in their skiing. It's more a matter of not moving the right body parts forward. You can't see for sure if your weight gets back in other turns in the clip but there are clues that this is occuring.

Many many skiers do not use their ankles nearly enough in their skiing. Personally, it's something I'll be working on for a long time. You may just need some drills to incorporate more ankle movement into your skiing. But the XWAVE 10 is a stiff boot. It may be a shade too stiff for what you need to be riding on right now. You might want to try asking in the gear section for an easy way to tell if boots are too stiff for your skiing. A boot fitter can soften up a stiff boot. If your boots are too stiff it will be harder to make improvements to your skiing.
post #11 of 17
Metrons will be a good ski to learn on. I see the boot issue as well. The least you could do is shell fit the boot yourself. Often people who look like they are back have boots that are too big.

Pull the liner, put your footbed into the shell, put your foot into the shell and slide the foot with footbed forward. Toe should touch the inside of the front of the shell. The objective is to find out how much space there is behind the heal in this position. Two fingers is a lot. More than that the boot is too big. You may need help, but I can do my own shell fit. Most boot fiters will do it for free, if you don't mind them trying to sell you new boots.

I would recommend that you do this right away. Lots of skiers boots are too big and it holds back their progress. Let us know what you find. I am no boot fitter but this is basic.
post #12 of 17

Slow it down and finish your turns. Let the turn continue until the skis come across the hill. You can even practice taking the turn slightly up the hill before you start your next turn.

You have a crossover, but you get nothing from your edge. So you have a lot of potential. There's an instructor at Bromley named Matt, Level II, who could take you a long way with just one lesson.

You need a pole plant, just a touch.

I am not qualified to give MA, jonnythan.
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
I did that procedure when I bought the boots at Steiner's. They were pretty good about making sure I was in the right size. They fit fine.. there's about a thumb's worth of space behind the heel, if that.

Thanks for the tips. I was planning on getting out and getting some more video this Sunday, but it didn't happen. I think I'll be waiting til next season. I'll probably take a private lesson early next season too. Maybe I'll check out Matt at Bromely.
post #14 of 17
Ask Matt about his shiny new gold pin and (by the time you catch up with him) his shiny new little rugrat.
post #15 of 17
Have to agree with most folks here. Turn shape would be the focus.

On a clock....consider 6 is directly down hill. Your ski tips never come up higher than 5 or 7 on either side. Focus....get to 4:30 and 7:30, then shoot for 4 and 8,,, all while moving, moving, moving progressively.

While I dont know this for sure, I "feel" that if you get your tips to 8 or conversely will find yourself using your poles to transition to the new turn. If it, reach down to 6.
post #16 of 17
Originally Posted by jonnythan View Post
I did that procedure when I bought the boots at Steiner's.
post #17 of 17

Not bad skiing. It appears that you only got back in the end of the run during your stop. The rest of the clip looks like good ankle flex. What I do see is leaning to the inside quite a bit and bracing on the inside ski. There is also a bit of an upward movement in transition that causes a late ski/snow engagement (at the fall line) which is why your skis drift away from you after you pass the fall line. As noted above, go for more shape in your turns and be a little softer on your edges

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