You don't want to start that discussion again Adema. Trust me [img]smile.gif[/img]
dchan, I was actually saying that I thought you were overly wide and 2 footed. The instructors obviously disagreed with me, but let me try to make my case. Maybe they'll comment again. To me, your quest for wide 2 footed stance seems like its causing the problems.
When you are constantly trying to be 2 footed, it isn't giving enough weight/power to the outside ski. I see this because the outside ski isn't holding an edge to start the turn. The people I see trying to emulate the 2 footed thing usually lose their angulation in favor of banking. I'm not saying skiing more 2 footed is a bad thing (look at the WC slalom racers), but you trying to do it isn't helping your skiing at this point.
Regarding the wideness, I know theres been debates on this forum about this. I'll make this comment though. If you are having a hard time getting angulation with the inside ski, going wide is only going to make it MUCH harder. Stand shoulder length right now in your street shoes. Pretend you're going to make a left turn. Lift the left foot just slightly off the ground (maybe .5 inch to an inch). Tilt your foot as far as you can to the little toe side of your foot and try placing it in different widths. For me with the wide placement, it seems harder to get my mass inside the turn. Without your weight/mass getting inside the turn, you can't really angulate to any extent. You feel like you're going to tip over if you get aggressive. With a slightly narrower stance (and no, I'm not talking 80's style), the body just moves into the turn on its own.
I battle this stuff myself with my skiing. When I'm skiing poorly, its always due to a lazy inside ski. Either it doesn't want to angulate early, or it feels like its in my way. Because this seems to creep back into my skiing from time to time, I've developed a few mantras that I use to remove it when it creeps back.
1. Look 1 turn ahead downhill. I know you've heard the look downhill thing before, but almost NO ONE gets it. If there is a doubt in your mind you don't understand what "look downhill" means, you don't get it. What I do is when start a turn, I look at where that turn is going to end/next turn begins. It keeps me in the front seat, body somewhat squared to the fall line, and my mind off the turn at hand (ie not looking at my feet). It also helps you plan your line, so there are no surprises. I hate the "look downhill" advice, instead think "look 1 turn ahead." Just keep your eyes on where the next turn is going to start. Your body mass will flow that way, which coincidently, is right inside and forward in your current turn.
2. Lightly lift the inside ski
3. Left ski tip goes left on left turns, right ski tip goes right on right turns.
4. Depending on turn radius, angulate/tip the hell out of the inside ski. Shorter turns require more, longer turns less. The ski should be light at the beginning of the turn, so this is easy to do. I also kind of bring the inside ski in somewhat toward the outside ski during this phase. I usually have a fairly big gap between my skis, but my legs are fairly close.
5. All of this happens in the first fourth of the turn. And when you're on your game, it feels like its all happening at the same time.
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ April 15, 2002 11:44 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Matter ]</font>