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post #31 of 39
Originally posted by TomB:

I have to disagree with BigE regarding the "griding out the cigarette" comment. Doing that in deeper or heavier snow is soooo wrong. I would rather do an up movement or better yet a quick retraction and re-direction of the skis if a strong rotary is called for. But it is best to avoid a strong rotary and take Kneale's advice to be patient at the top of the turn (if the terrain and your confidence permits such luxury).
You are correct, of course. The pivot I mentioned is not intended to make large rotary actions, nor for deep/heavy conditions.

I was going to add the comment of the retraction but I thought in the given conditions, it was not needed. So I suggested a pivot that does not lead to huge rotary movement.

My apologies if I was misleading. The original draft of the review I made and lost during the EPIC maintenance stressed a small pivot at the start of the turn, patience while increasing edge angle, and supple flexing to absorb the increasing forces.


Bottom line: great skiing and great platform to build on. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
For sure! It's all about refinement now!
Hope this helps.
post #32 of 39
Originally posted by HaveSkisWillClimb:
Hey, how dare they (those patrollers..? ) bring that crash victim..? down, right across your line! [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img] It's pretty tough tryin' to get a little peace and order on a trail these days....
empty sled, that's why I was aiming for 'em!
post #33 of 39
Steve, it's possible, but honestly I'm usually pretty well parallel with my tibias, and I think it's muscle memory from favoring my right knee post ACL-tear in the mid 80s.
post #34 of 39
Gonz, I agree with what Kneale, Holiday, Weems, and Tom B said. Instead of a strong upward move, try some turns where at the end of the turn you release the pressure from the downhill ski, tip it (the former downhill ski) and make a more diagonal move on the new downhill ski.
post #35 of 39
Ooooo - I remember another 'trick' Gonz...
try leaving poles behind & put hands on hips....grab pants there.... Now one hand must be always pulling... so pull pants & adjust so that when you are in the next turn it is the other hand pulling .... hips must follow hands... but it somehow seems easier to make the hand movement smooth than the hip... once the hip learns the move it is easier...

Not really good skiing - but good learning
post #36 of 39
ooops that is confusing - can an instructor type give better instructions please?
post #37 of 39
Hi Gonzo,

Just to start this off, I would like to say that you make nice turns, no matter what these other yahoos say behind your back. [img]tongue.gif[/img]

Kidding aside, it’s evident to me that you are a strong skier and it shows that in this video clip. I do agree with some of the others, that there may be some stance issues that you could improve on. But I’m still working on the good things I see first. I think that the turn radius is appropriate for the terrain you are skiing, and the speed you are traveling is also appropriate which leads me to believe that the turn shape is good and controls your decent. Again, nice turns!

The things that you might give thought too and try to improve on would be to start with your stance. If that was Weems standing at the bottom, and you were in his group, I believe that he did talk to you about the folding in the waist. This has put your hips back and makes it very difficult to try and keep the shins in contact with the tongue of the boots. By being back in your stance, a whole bunch of things happen that will not allow you to be as fluid as you could be. The first thing is the popping or move up with the body to start your turn. Because of being back a bit, you have to pop to start the turn because that’s about all you can do in that stance to un-weight the skis to go the other way. After you pop up, you have to rotate the upper torso and add some twisting of the feet to get the skis going the other way. This, as others have mentioned, is why there seems to be some brushing or skidding at the top of the turn. I think you are doing well through the belly of the turn with a higher edge angle. But getting a higher edge angle earlier in the turn, IMHO, would be more desirable.

So this leads us to the fix. Start with a taller stance. Try and keep your hips over your feet and then flex somewhat throughout the body, get comfortable. This will let you get your shins into the tongue of the boot better and help with reducing excess tip lead in the belly and end of the turn. Work on a stance that would give you about a hip width distance between the skis, allowing a more accurate tipping of the ankles. When you start the turn in the radius that was shown in the video clip, try to move more across and into the turn with the hips and upper body. IMHO, this will quite the shoulder thing and eliminate the popping. It will also allow you to obtain a higher edge angle much earlier in the turn. As you proceed through the turn, try and pull the inside ski back. This will allow you to tip the inside foot more easily and maintain equal edge angles throughout the turn. Also, it will be much easier for you to remain squarer to the skis in this radius of turn. Try to continue moving through the turn, stacking up nicely and not becoming static in the turn, which we see in many skiers that park and ride. This has been one of my main focuses in my skiing, to continue to move throughout the turn.
I believe that if you apply the things mentioned above and drag some trained eyes along to check for understanding and application, you will have some amazing results and improvement in your skiing.

That’s my two cents worth, well maybe three cents. Good luck and good skiing! : - Wigs
post #38 of 39
thanks, Wigs... good to get your advice and observations! thanks also for the nice comments. as you might've guessed, Weems discussed each of the things you mentioned, and that's what I've been working on since ESAII.
post #39 of 39

I have't had the opportunity to read closely what the others wrote. It might have clouded my opinion anyway. Here're my thoughts:

WAY too much up and down! When you go so far up you have to wait for your body to come down before you can do anything else. I'd work with you on moving DOWN the hill rather than vertically. You have nice extension/flexion so let's keep it all, but not apply it in the vertical, rather to the horizontal.

Second, you have classic (are you an ex racer?) "flying elbows". You lift your outside elbows as part of your up/down movement and keep it high throughout the turn. Try to keep your shoulders level with the snow. With this flying elbow you end up with a lot of banking. You can probably get away with this at Snowbird, but on a hard, icy slope in the east you'd lose your edge control and skid all over the place.

I think your stance is a bit narrow, but, you use your skis nicely, like tools in the snow, so if it works for you, no problems.

I like your turn shape, nice and round. You are very relaxed which is another positive.

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