Originally Posted by jmcosmo65
I seem to be running into trouble when skiing trees in less than ideal conditions. I can ski steep icy terrain, or trees in the powder but when condions get less perfect I find I get rocked around a lot. I think I am losing confidence the more I do this and each time am actually getting worse instead of better. Problems that i think I have narrowed it down to are not being able to maintain good fore aft positioning. Not absorbing bumps like normally would when powder. Running too fast. porr speed control and so I am stopping all the time rather than doing a continuous run. Are there drills I should be working on? I am guessing that doing mogul runs in the same conditions would be good for practicing and probably safer but I have same problem to lesser degree on moguls when icy or crusty. Why am I freezing up in these conditions? I am skiing with Rossignol Phantom 80 skis 185 length and I am 6 foot.
I am 44 and ski 60 plus days per year and have skied for just 5 years at Jay Peak. I want to take lessons but am unclear on what Jay offers vs other resorts. Are all instructors and lessons available about the same?
tree skiing is tough its even tougher in what you consider less than ideal conditions.
without seeing a video of you skiing its really hard to say what excactly it is.
all I am going to say is that to ski trees easily you need to be able to do short raduis with various shapes and various edge angles, especially soft edge angles.
also skiing with a a strong funcitionally tight core and narrow strong stance go along way as well.
lastly aggressively moving your COM down hill, will cause you to go slower. Its really a psychilogical thing that being more aggressive will actually make you go slower. sitting back into the hill, will cause you to go faster and work harder.
lastly equipment matters alot, boots that are to stiff will tend to be a pain in bumps and trees, boots that are to soft wont transmitt enough to the snow. Heel lifts should be avoided at all cost. They tend to put people further back seat contrary to what boot fitter and the people paying for heel lifts think. your skis seems on the long side as well maybe demo some short twins and try those out.
I know this is very general advice but with out seeing video that all anybody can really give.