Originally Posted by Rick
Haven't read the other comments, so apologies if I repeat some.
Bush, you seem to carry an aggressive, athletic approach into your skiing. It will take you far, as long as you take time to focus on fundamental skill development along the way.
I'm noticing two primary things that need work. First is a rushed intiation, with often a lot of loss of ski snow contact. The skis get light and the body dives into the turn, sometimes resulting in the tails having a little drift before engagement. I'd like to see you slow down your transition. Try to feel the new outside ski roll on edge subtly from flat, and feel it gradually hook up and start to arc. Feel a gradual build in edge angle, with the outside ski maintaining solid pressure through the entire build.
The second thing is coming later in the turn. You're often losing your outside ski, and falling on the inside ski after the apex. The cause it quite obvious; you're dropping your inside shoulder as you try to aggressively dive into a higher edge angle. Instead, fold gently/progressively into that higher edge angle. By "fold" I mean to tip the legs into the turn, as you simultaneously angulate your upper body toward the outside of the turn. Proper angulation will keep you outside ski balanced all the way through the turn.
A few ideas to help you along:
- Complete your turns more. Right now you're barely doing 45 degree turns (finishing 45 degrees to the falline). Take it up to 90 deg, and stay outside ski balanced all the way there. This will force you to focus more on lateral balance all the way through the turn, and will make balance through 45 turns a piece of cake.
- Put the retraction transition on the shelf temporarily. Go to more of a pure arc to arc ILE type transion. Retraction typically results in a floating disconnect during turn intiation. I'd like to see you first learn to stay connected to the snow so you can have total control and feel of the roll and engagement, and make sure it's very clean, subtle and progressive. ILE will provide that.
- Lengthen your initiation/engagement. Try rolling your new outside ski on edge, slower. Feel flat happen, hold flat for a split second, then very slowly roll onto edge. Free every degree of edge angle increase. This is a form of what I call hesitation carves. They allow you to develop your touch/feel/awareness of an ultra clean initiation.
Once you're making super clean and smooth arc to arc short turns at 90 degrees while maintaining solid and consitent outside ski balance, via the suggestions above, you can start to increase the tempo of you initiation. Speed up the roll on edge, while trying maintain the same smooth, clean and engagement you had in hesititation carves. Stay at 90.
When you're ultra clean, and consistently connected to the snow, through these faster transitions, and maintaing outside foot balance all the way through the 90 turn, Drop your turns to 60 degs, then back to the 45's your currently doing. Your outside foot balance will be solid.
Then, once your fundies are solid with these ILE type turns, try your retraction turns again. You should feel much more balanced and clean.
hey rick thanks alot for watching I have some questions.
1. On more complete turns. Is it better for me to square my hips to the turn or the falline? or somewhere inbetween. also down the road is there anything inherently bad with 45 degree turns other than its making me rush?
2. I think I use to do ILE turns all the time excuse the quality but around 4:00 is me doing some extension carving 3 year ago.http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...62293078721540
also yeah I was really bad at short turns back then..
so what I am trying to say, I think I can already do turns like this. I dont know can I? I will still practice some next time I get the chance.
3.I like the suggestiong about everyone to slow things down. I am really not sure if that was an option on those ski but when I try it will be on the progressors. the blizzards tended to run straight unless they were loaded up. the progressor are much easier to ski and it should work out better on them.
quote=justanotherskipro;1019251]I agree with Ron here. Good eye Ron.
I wonder if it's a habitual (sequential) edge release move, or if the alignment of the boots are off a little. Notice at the end of the control phase BW is rushing to get into the new turn. Also notice how the old outside ski is trying to finish the old turn while the rest of his body is trying to move into the new turn. Allowing both skis to turn more out of the fall line and triggering the new turn by releasing the old outside ski would correct a lot of these timing problems.
It would also eliminate the need to huck his body into the new turn because of the abbreviated turn finish.
One of the biggest myths about slalom turns is that you need to eliminate the turn finish. In reality that finish is how we set up the next turn. Take the time to set yourself up better instead of being in such a hurry to begin the next turn.[/quote]
I am knockkneed pretty bad. I am going to try to slow down/move farther forward next time to see if the sequential edge release goes away.
Originally Posted by epic
PS - these are both exam tasks.
PPS - so are short turns and those aren't short turns. More like a medium/shmedium.
agreed I will try to get both on camera next time out.
some advice I got from outside the board on the same video.
an instructor at snowbird who has an austrian L4 -
falling to the inside, and some times your body its banking into the turns otherswise really good turns. In SL its great to get off and on your edges really quick. Its doesnt have to be pretty just fast.
he recommend to just trying to keep my shoulder more to the outside of the turns and to extend later. He said I was extend much to soon and it was causing me to raise up.
rick is pretty right on. listen to him.