I think it is very difficult to critique a static photo. This shot:
shows great form. But skiing is a dynamic, fluid sport requiring constant adjustments to account for snow condition, terrain, speed, slope and many other things.
I think your form looks great. The last few shots are bit over exagerated because you were basically posing for the camera.
But let's look at Hermann's sequence that some have held as a standard. If I apply the same logic many have applied to your sequence here is my critique of one of the greatest skiers - now this is not my personal opinion of his skill, but merely an application of the other "tips and critiques" that have been given on the board.
Photo from Epic's training pages.
Ok, so we see the subject entering the turn. I think his boots are too stiff because it appears he has his weight to the back. He is out of balance because his outside hand is too wide. As he enters turn one, we see too much break at the waist - probably due to poor alignment of his boots and the boots being too stiff. His line is a bit off, causing him to skid his turns a little at the beginning of the turn. He has too much hip angulation and causing his weight to move back. Now he is over rotating with his body noted by his inside hand dropping back. He also has too much of an A-Frame here. In the seventh image of the montage 5 his form completely breaks down. His body is twisted related to his skis and he is throwing his skis out and into the next turn. Again we see excessive body lean - not good - he should be much more upright - also, we see the dreaded A-Frame again - obvisiously this guy is close to being a really good skier, but until he gets rid of that A-Frame he'll only be a level 5 or 6. Oh, and his outside leg is bent way too much.
Now we see him sort of Park-and-ride the turn. Way too much lean and hip angulation. He has WAY too much weight on the uphill ski - looks like he is about to sit on his uphill ski. Later in the turn there is not enough weight on the uphill ski. As he finishes the turn we see a pronounced A-frame and way too much bend at the waist. His inside foot is too far foward as well. If he wants to be a good skier, he'll have to work on pulling that uphill foot back so his feet are more even.
I think his poles are too long too. This is causing him to rais he hands too high between turns.
So what's my point? Skiing is a dynamic dance. At any given time you are adapting to the mountain and conditions and shape of the turn.
MC, your skiing looks great - In any given photo, anyone with a critical eye will be able to point out 10-20 things that could be changed. Move your hand 1" further forward, Move your uphill knee 1 degree further in, narrow your stance by 2", etc. However, that photo represents 1/500th of second in time. Your skiing looks great.[ November 02, 2002, 12:44 PM: Message edited by: Bullet ]