Hmm - it looks like nothing has changed since the last thread
. In fact, the videos look identical. Hmm - last time I recommended the carved traverses
. It seems like Gary and Doc agree. That drill will be your first step towards the next level. Doc has nailed the "z" turns.
Has anyone else noticed the wedge at the beginning of Jac's turns? Getting to the next level means getting rid of that crutch. It's not going to be easy. There are dozens of drills that can help get you there. Railroad tracks
and what I call Flamingo turns
(lift the new inside ski so that the ski tip is pressed into the snow and tilted onto the new edge when starting a turn - someone else has a ghostly name for them). You can try to do these drills on your own, but you're at a level where a lesson can really speed up the progress because there is way too much to explain online, it's too easy to not do the drills right and you probably have a lot of muscle memory for your current movements. Your ultimate goal here is to initiate turns with a "fore-agonal" movement of the center of your body into the inside of the new turn instead of using the wedge, an up move and upper body turning.
I suspect that the line you're taking in the bumps matches the type of turns we see here. Until you can make rounder and shorter radius turns, you'll find it easier to take a more meandering line through the bumps. In the meantime, here are two drills that will help expand your bump prowess:
- Traverse across the mogul field keeping your waist to your head at the same height off the snow by using your legs as shock absorbers. Focus on pushing down on the backside of the bumps to maintain ski to snow contact.
- Climb up to the top of a bump so that your tips and tails are off the snow. Notice how easily your skis can twist back and forth. Twist the skis so that you slip onto the backside of a bump and can approach the next bump from the side.