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Hi all,


I am very impressed on technique analysis and decided to put my video. My goal is to move from intermedite to advanced ...


All comments are welcome. Especialy how to get rid of this on the still picture :-(



I want to get rid of this

Edited by PeteW - 3/5/2009 at 12:16 am
post #2 of 7

Hi Pete - Welcome to Epic!


What kind of gear are you on? It looks like you might be ready to step up.


That still pic shows what happens when you try to control speed just after the fall line instead of at the end of the turn. There's so much force involved to slow so quickly that you absorb with your ankles, knees and, when that's not enough, finally at the hips. Part 1 is we need you to finish your turns more with your skis more across the hill. This will help you to control speed more through turn shape.


You also finish your turns with your chest facing the same direction as your ski tips. From there you tip your whole body sideways to get onto the new edge for the next turn. Part 2 is getting you to finish your turns with your chest facing more downhill than your skis and then moving your hips diagonally forward (instead of tipping sideways) to pull the skis onto their new edges.

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi Rusty,


Thanks for the reply. I'm on brand new Head XRC 1100i 163cm R13.1m


With my old skis (Head Cyber X10 - R20m) I had tendency to wash end of the turn. With the new ones I think this is almost gone ... I hope ;-)



post #4 of 7

Well, it's not the skis. But they sure do look overly flexed as you go by the camera.

post #5 of 7

Hi PeteW,


The still picture appears to have cought a moment in the recovery form what happened at the end of the previous turn.  It looks like you were banking (leaning inside the turn) which put more weight on your inside ski causing it to hookup and carve away from your outside ski.  You then tipped the inside ski from its uphill edge(old turn) to its downhill edge(new turn) leaving you on both inside edges(wedge).  As the new outside ski turned and moved closer to the inside ski you were able to tip the inside ski onto its downhill edge and resume paralle skiing.  Nice recovery.


To avoid the need to recover focus on balancing on your outside ski.  Angulating your body - tilting your upper body to the outside of the turn while your lower body tilts to the inside of the turn - should help.

post #6 of 7


You have shown that you can ski fast but now you need to show that you can ski slowly. In your run down the fall line, your stance varies widely with marked variation in the distance between your feet/skis. This clip shows the widest separation which happens as you try to reduce speed by extending your outside leg into a skid.

The ideal width between your feet is when your legs come straight down from the hip sockets, about the same width as when you walk. I would suggest that you begin at slower speeds to enable yourself to maintain this stance without the need to make the braking movement illustrated in the clip. Even begin with simple traverses across the hill while carving your skis to a stop and maintaining the ideal ski separation. Once you adapt to this stance then begin to make long radius turns while skiing slowly enough that you avoid the need to skid to slow your speed.

You can then begin to incorporate a pole swing to begin your turns and to begin some flexion and extension to improve the static position that you now have.

It is much more difficult to ski efficiently with good technique while skiing slowly than by bombing down the hill. It would be a good challenge for you and would allow you to concentrate on improving your skills. You can get by with a lot of bad habits while skiing fast as evidenced by your video.  

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Welcome to Epic!


You have good movement through the turns and can engage your skis well.  What I am seeing echos what the others have commented on.  You press your knee forward into the tongue of the boot and have to bend at the waist to balance.  This is leaning forward, and not balancing over the center of the foot or ski.  What would improve your overall skiing is to flex your ankles, which would give you much better position over your skis and fore/aft balance.  The leaning to the inside foot is another symptom of leaning on the tongue of the boot.


In the transitions, you need to flatten both skis before you start turning the new direction, and from there, develope a better turn shape.



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