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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
After working on the versatility DVD for sometime here is what I get:


skis: K2 Hellfire on icy hard pack.
http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=FmHyHRqohWs

My focus was on stabilizing the upper body and turn with legs only while maintaining a slightly forward balance through out the turn. Or, should I have this focus?

Any help will be much appreciated.

post #2 of 26
Great skiing Carver_hk . You are becomming the HK indoor skiing champ .
post #3 of 26
Carver, very nice.

One foot skiing is actually a step beyond the skills covered in the Your Ski Coach Building Blocks Basic Balance DVD you're currently working on. Be sure to not bypass the more fundimental lateral and fore/aft balance skills the DVD teaches. The Advanced Balance DVD goes beyond what you're doing here, with an assortment of fore/aft variations, and the foundation balance skills learned in Basic Balance allows for success in performing those variations.

Also, you said your focus was on fore balance and turning with the leg only. Your fore looks pretty good. The leg steering is a bit limited. There seems to be a lot of carving going on. Nothing wrong with carving the drill, in fact it's good to be able to do. But if your intent was steering, then carving is a fault. You need to learn to able to do both. Have you started working on Building Blocks Basic Edging yet? It will help you embed a broad range of steering skills that you can then take into this drill. You should be able to steer this drill, doing either narrow track or wide track steering, and even changing back and forth from narrow to wide during the course of a single turn.

Balance and edging skills like that will help you immensely in your overall all-mountain skiing. As example,,, bumps. Having the edging skills to go through the full range of narrow track to wide track steering allows you to easily manage speed as you look ahead and pick your line. And combining it with the lateral skills you're working on here will allow you to do it on either foot, as need or desire dictates.

Well done so far, Carver,,, but keep expanding the skill base. I'd like to see some video of you doing this drill with steering, both narrow and wide track. And in turn shapes up to 90 degree.
post #4 of 26
Add a pole plant when you go to your outside edge, you won't believe the difference this makes! Much smoother transtion to outside edge and better balance!

Rick What do you think???
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
Add a pole plant when you go to your outside edge, you won't believe the difference this makes! Much smoother transtion to outside edge and better balance!

Rick What do you think???
Yes, I totally agree A-man.

It assists in lauching the cross over, managing fore/aft balance, and powering the needed pelvic rotational shift. The lack of the pole touch is one of the things that makes one foot skiing with no poles more difficult.
post #6 of 26
carver HK,

Nice demo on one foot. Maybe work on keeping the ski that is off the snow more level with the snow. The tip looks like it is up more than the tail. That should help the leg rotation and help stabilize the knee.

RW
post #7 of 26
Rick, IMO Carver_HK is carving his turns nicely. No steering involved. Or?
post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks all for the advises and the kind words. To summarize, I should work on pole plant and keeping the lifted ski level?

Rick - I did go through most of the exercise but not all. The inside/outside tap taught me how to get aligned besides being a stepping stone toward inside/outside lift. The inside/outside lift enhenced my fore/aft balance. My current single leg is just combining the inside/outside lift. I didn't aware it's a step forward. About the nature of the turn I have no intention to make it carving or steering. It just happen to be like that naturally. I watched the edging DVD already. I ll start working on it after getting a good single leg.
post #9 of 26
Carver, this and your jan09 clip on youtube are looking good.

I would echo the comment to not just let your foot that is off the snow come along for the ride. It should continue to be managed and be a part of the turn as well. There are a few times where it seems to be doing its own thing.

On the Jan09 clip you are already showing some good counter-balancing movements with the upper body. You look a lot more solid on the skis in this clip. Well done!
post #10 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by onyxjl View Post
I would echo the comment to not just let your foot that is off the snow come along for the ride. It should continue to be managed and be a part of the turn as well. There are a few times where it seems to be doing its own thing.
Thanks for your advise. Your earlier advise on my short turn did improved my skiing. The new advise sounds very reasonable too. I ll give it a try.
post #11 of 26
Thread Starter 

update on single leg skiing

following the various advices with focus on activating the lifted half. Any comment and advices will be much appreciated.

http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=jgw_TsB0n4s
post #12 of 26
Hi Carver,
Quick question: You have a friend to video you? I am trying to get more video of my skiing for MA but have not found a good way. It looks like you've got it. Thanks for any tips.
Chuck
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by ChuckT View Post
Hi Carver,
Quick question: You have a friend to video you? I am trying to get more video of my skiing for MA but have not found a good way. It looks like you've got it. Thanks for any tips.
Chuck
When I ski alone in real mountain I just ask 'stationary' people on the slope to take video for me. These vid will be taken from behind. Quite often I have accompany. In the ski dome I put the camera in a safe place to wait for my turns.
post #14 of 26
Don't know why or who deleted my post, but I will say it again:

Undercanted.
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by bud heishman View Post
Undercanted.
Thanks. Are there anything I can do without outside canting?
post #16 of 26
Got another chance to look at your update carver, and again it looks like you've been able to show advances in the drill to keeping both feet activated. That's great.

Skiing on one foot like that is a tough thing to do. I see earlier in the thread Rick is giving you some advice to work on varying these turns from carving to steering. That will certainly test your balance. In both cases though, you want to be making the motions with the feet first! Slowing down the video it looks like you are getting a little impatient, on the inside foot turns particularly, and rushing it by twisting the shoulders into the turn.

Bud's analysis may be a root cause though. If some alignment issue is making it hard to do it at the feet you will have to compensate higher up the chain somewhere.

Your skiing looks good here. Trying to do it perfectly at the feet can take a lifetime to master but I know you want to be as precise as possible so I don't think you will mind the nit picking.
post #17 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks onyxjl. It's great to have people point out my problem everytime I post up my vids. You guys are doing great help to me. I can see where is the problem after you and bud highlight them to me. Since I can do nothing about alignment here in Hong Kong I ll stick with movements. What I ll work on next is quiet my upper body, ensure all movements starts from the legs. I ll add Rick's recommendation after I work out the exercises in his Edging DVD.
post #18 of 26
I have a good friend whom I was just working with on a very similar issue. He has a very slight tendency to rotate the shoulders into the turn and without fail this produces a wash of his tails right after transition. It's a well practiced movement from unconscious repetition so it isn't a huge skidded entry, but it prevents him from amping up his carved turns. It also tosses him on his rear in chopped up snow.
post #19 of 26
Carver, in your case I would not wast any more time on skiing before testing some canting. What I did was take two peaces of rubber strips and jam them under my boot toe and heel peace on the BTE side. Wow, what a difference in edge hold. Since I knew this was what I wanted I took off the binding and inserted plastic shims of 2mm under the BTE side of the boot. That was too much so I reduced it to 1,5mm. That is about 1,5deg and it worked fine. This year I whent down to 1deg but found that out to bee too little. The short turn video you have seen lately. Stuff like this is what you should be trying out while in HK. Its ideal for testing and for doing drills like you are. That is what we do here on our short hills as well.
post #20 of 26
Don't get too hung up on the boots. If you can ski that well on one ski, the error is minor.
post #21 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks all for the expert opinions. I ll update my progress after working on Rick's edging DVD.
post #22 of 26

ok where does one get Rick's DVDs and which ones to start with?

post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by spielerman View Post

ok where does one get Rick's DVDs and which ones to start with?


 

Hi spielerman.  You can purchase them at www.YourSkiCoach.com

 

As you'll see when you explore the site, I'm producing a 6 DVD instructional series.  There are currently 3 done, and the 4th is completed and on it's way to the duplication house, and will be available on the website very soon.  The final 2 will be filmed next month, and will be completed by next fall.

 

The series is designed to be a progressive learning system that works its way up from one DVD to the next, gradually building and expanding the skill base, and continuously elevating students to ever greater skiing prowess.  As such, I always advise people to begin their training at the beginning of the program, with our BASIC BALANCE and BASIC EDGING installments.  That builds all the skills needed to aspire to the higher level skills the later installments teach, and fills in any holes in a students present skill base that might hold them back from achieving full success in their pursuit of true expert skiing.     

post #24 of 26
Thread Starter 

Some update on single leg skiing. These two video's was taken on icy black run with a very thin layer of soft snow. Focus was on overall stability. Besides its my first ever single leg MA done on real snow.

single leg carving:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCb5c9mIBU4

single leg steering:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GtAuy3mHYs


Any comment or advise will be much appreciated.

 

post #25 of 26

Single leg carving: I like that the lifted ski is level to the snow. On your right turns, you lean your upper body to get inside the new turn and your right leg is very stiff. You need to flex your leg and let your center flow into the new turn instead of leaning into it.

post #26 of 26
Thread Starter 

Thanks therusty. Yes, I find my legs very stiff when skiing. There is a very strong hesitation to flex. I don't really understand why. Maybe fear or alignment or failure to release? That stiffness is probably the root cause of the body leaning?

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