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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone,

I was hoping some of you could post some sugestions to help my skiing improve. I put a picture in this message, and i was hoping the you people could give me suggestions accourdingly. The one thing i noticed is i let my shoulder drop down, which i don't think is good. Thanks!


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post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm not sure why the pic didn't come up, but you can copy paste the url next to it, and then the pic will come up. Just use the back button on your browser. Thanks!
post #3 of 13
Not a bad pic. I hate to critique someone's skiing after just one still shot. I'll let the instructors on this forum do that.

If there is any way you can have someone video you, that is a good way to see for yourself how you look. It's a hassle taking a video camera up on the slopes, but it is very valuable to see where you could use some improvement.
post #4 of 13
Spyder, initially I thought the same thing about the feet being too close together, but after reading Bob's post, I think that this may be a symptom of the possible bow-leggedness. If you look carefully at his thighs, you see that if you draw a line along them and extend them to the snow, they would end up farther apart. It looks like it would not be natural for his feet to be farther apart, and even at the high edge angles the inside foot does not appear to be in the way.
post #5 of 13
i am seeing a souple things here, first, over all it looks as tho you have pretty good upper and lower body seperation, but i think you are correct about the shoulder. This could be altered by dragging your pole tips out like outriggers as you carve a turn.
also you should have more seperation between your feet, about a shoulders width.
These suggestions are based off the picture alone, so they may not reflect your typical skiing.
Looking good your well on your way, keep up the skiing.

Also I am not shure on this and would like confirmation or dismissal by other instructors but i think I am seeing a need to move up and over the ski a bit more, this may be caused by the arm being back.
hard to tell w/o a video or pic collage.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the help! Yes, the picture did come from a video camera, and i didn't know how to interlase it, so the quality wasn't great. Anyway, as far as the bow-legedness problem- my coach saw me scate with roller blades this fall and he said somthing about the angulation of my feet, and how that could be imprved by putting another sole in the scate. Myabe that has somthing to do with the same problem?! I might go to the ski shop at sunday river and have my boot alighnment checked. They have a fairly nifty ,machine. I also see what you all mean about how my knees and ankles arn't really flexed, but only my hip is. I think if i flexed my knees and ankles more my balance could improve as well. I'll take all of your advise and work it into my skiing a bit, and check out on the bow-legged problem. Then, eventually i'll getsome more and better video, and taking a few pics from the same turn and post them. That sahould make it easier for all of you! Again, thanks so much for you help!

"There are trails with signs, and there are those with out...Which trail will you chose?"
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks bob!I'll give you an e-mail.
post #8 of 13
I'll give you a few comments.

1. Diverging ski's - good.
2. Inside ski sliding - could be better, don't weaken the inside leg quite so much.
3. Your upper body position needs a little work. Consider the following drill:

Ski without poles... Keep both hands out in front of you. Lower the outside hand during the turn, not the inside as you might think. Also, squeeze your rib cage to your hip (outside ski side). Imagine there is a lemon on top of your hip, and squeeze the lemon (You need to squeeze your obliques more to get a little more angulation). Your body should be upright and quiet, your legs and hips angulate and swing underneath you.

Try this and then have someone videotape you again.
post #9 of 13
Just thinking about the pic again, you might try double pole plants to get your body and center of mass moving in the right direction sooner.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tips- i'm going out to Sunday River tomorrow and i'll remember the thread when i'm skiing! Some time i'll post another pic. Everyone's help had been awesome, thanks!

"There are trails with signs, and there are those with out...Which trail will you chose?"
post #11 of 13
Ack!!! the infamous PSIA double pole plant!!
dont bother....

I dont see the pic above so its a little difficult to assess but I do know most shoulder dropping is caused by missed or late pole plants, especially in the bumps. Just think about where your hands are and look down the hill at where you are going... not where your at!
Also, something to consider, but dont waste to much energy trying to think about it when your ripping down a zipper..... try planting right on top of every bump.

Finally a word on the double pole plant.. yeah sure it works. BUt its a cheat to square your shoulders and throw your upper body over your skiis. It still leaves your butt in the backseat but worst of all you look like a total dork. When you resort to cheats your body memories never learn how to do it right.
post #12 of 13
IT WORKS, i figure that if it works it will give you the feeling of where your body should be positioned (sp) so then after you have tried it you can make the same movements W/O the double pole plant.
It is still a good excersize (sp).
if your worried about sitting in the back seat, then unbuckle your boots while youre at it...
post #13 of 13
The double pole plant helps you to maintain level shoulders. It is a way to feel a quiet upper body without stiffening up.
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