Here's me running gates in Salla a few weeks ago. Any feedback much wellcome.
Thanks Racer256, no excuse but the first left turn was tighter and on a steeper part of the slope. Then it opened up and flattened out.
I have been working on getting my hands forwards at the gate and apex but on this particular day I was working on levelling my shoulders and on angulation. In order to do this I was trying to bring my outsdie arm down and my inside arm up and not let my outside arm go up causing inclination, banking, inside ski weighting, outside ski pressure loss, hip rotation, decresing edge angles, skidding, loss of speed and slower times and lower rankings. Still you see my outside arm going up on the second left turn as I pass the camerawoman. I quickly bring it down as I remembered the task.
I have also tried to open up my stance a bit but thats a tough one. When I stand overly wide it barely looks like my feet are more apart than normally. I did cut down on my canting at the beginning of the season and I think that that is part of the problem as its not only the narrow stance but also the slight A-frame I resort to in order to keep my skis edging and causes that narrow stance. I could be wrong.
When I started to ski GS last year I was much more upright. I had never realized how far forward you need to lean with your upper body in order to be forward enough. The way I stand now is a big improvement but I need to go still forward. Thanks for pointing it out though.
It looks good! Your balance looks stable and your line looks clean.
If you watch your skis, it looks like they're not really biting when you want them to. Here's why:
- Instead of moving forward through your transition, you move immediately onto your new edge without establishing your weight on the outside tip to generate a strong initiation.
- As you go through your turn, your skis don't really engage into the snow because they were not given the proper platform. You then drift through the turn, until your skis are across the fall line.
- One your skis are pointed across the fall line (which seems to be happening right after the gate), they then abruptly engage, digging in under all the momentum you have generated so far. It is for this reason you notice snow flying up right after the gate. Most of your actual direction change is happening here, with your skis across the fall line.
The result is a stopping motion at every turn. Instead of generating an early impulse when you want to, creating direction change while moving down the fall line, your impulse happens late, across the fall line, fighting gravity.
Here are ways to fix it.
- Focus on timing: planting your pole will help bring your weight forward dynamically through your transition. Make sure the plant happens as soon as you have completed your direction change (as you pass the gate) to allow yourself the longest time possible for a strong transition.
- When freeskiing, focus on long transitions that enable a weight transfer onto the tip of the new outside ski. Do not allow yourself to generate angles until you are strongly on your new outside ski. You should feel the power under the ball of your outside foot.
- Focus on moving your hips down the hill through your transition. Not generating angles during that platform building will avoid the tipping that you experience. Your arms can do whatever they want as long as your hips are moving down the hill.
- Once that platform is built, you no longer free fall inside because your skis are set. You can now move as inside as you would like to generate some serious power early in your turn, avoiding digging in across the fall line.
I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any questions...
Yes, even in SL and GS, too. Todd Brooker made a great point in a video sequence of one of the top women in the Aspen GS. Which is that while a lot of junior racers are so obsessed with carving turns that all they ever do is spend time in a turn, the top WC women know how to get a clean turn done, go back to neutral (weight even on both skis, tracking down the fall line) between turns so that they get to glide down the course, if only for a short moment. Try it, you'll like it...