Originally Posted by therusty
1) Although there's no visible A frame to speak of, there is evidence of A fight going on. Do you have custom footbeds?
Here are some drill suggestions:
2) Shuffle turns: Shuffle your feet back and forth constantly throughout every turn.
3) Power Side Slips: On a medium steep blue trail and groomed snow do side slips with varying edge angles. If 0 is full stop (high edge angle) and 10 is a totally flat ski, do 10-15 foot slides of 3, 6 9 interspersed with a full stop. Try to get a constant speed at each edge angle. Do the #'s randomly at first to get the feel of tipping to create angles, then do them in order ascending and descending to get the feel of progressive edge angle change. (this will help with Rick's narrow track suggestion)
4) Carved fan traverse uphill to a stop: Find a fairly wide trail. Start a traverse at shallow angle across the slope, get some speed going, then tip both of your boots uphill (similar to the power side slip movement). Do not turn your feet at all. The skis should turn you uphill until you stop. This is a one turn to a stop drill. Watch out for traffic! After you come to a stop, check your tracks. Decrease the start angle until you see narrow tracks no more than 2 inches wide. Once you've got it, increase your start angle (and speed!) until you either start straight down the fall line or until you can't make thin tracks any more.
4) Skate turns: Start your turns with the inside ski doing a skate step into the new turn.
5) Hop to shape: Start your turn by hopping off both feet, turn the feet while airborne and then land on your new edges for the new turn. Carve the bottom of the new turn until your skis are pointed slightly uphill and repeat. It helps to land the hops tips first.
The first drill will help get you centered. The next two will help you use your edges to steer more instead of slow down. The last two will help start letting your body to flow inside the new turns to help pull your skis onto their new edges earlier in the turns.
Thank you all so much for your help, you guys! Hopefully I'll be strong enough for ESA in Big Sky, but this will give me plenty to work on in the meantime.
Just so you know, the run where the vid was shot is about the only groomed I have access to regularly. It's at a little tiny local ski hill - about 700' of vertical (woohoo!) I love that place, though, best vibe in the world. Sometimes he'll groom one of the steeper pitches - if he does I'll work some of these exercises there, too.
1) I've had fitted boots/footbeds for years. I got new boots and footbeds from Bud just before my injury, this video was from my first day on them. FYI, skis are Legend 8800's 178cm.
2) Shuffle feet back and forth - is that front to back? Not imagining how side to side would work...
3) I can visualize that. Will give it a go next time up.
4) Am not visualizing these two. Do you have vid somewhere?
5) I can visualize this one - it sounds like fun!
These and the ILE exercises sound like really great stuff. And they sound like they'll also result in some of the upper body changes that SoftSnowGuy and tdk6 are discussing. I've been concentrating on pulling my inside foot back as part of the anti-A-frame battle... it sure doesn't come naturally yet, though. Will keep working on it.
Upright stance - I'll be very interested to see what I look like in the BC skiing with a pack - I think I'd likely go over backwards if I were that upright with weight on my back, but it's hard to know without vid. I'll hand my partner a camera next time out, maybe Thursday if I'm feeling better.
Edited by mountaingirl1961 - 2/17/2009 at 05:40 pm