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