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post #1 of 12
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Oops  I mean critique :)
Little shot of the daughter on some hard pack.  Give me some ideas for improvement.

post #2 of 12
The end where she smiles is very nice. She has charisma for sure.
This little woman needs to learn how to dance on the snow. She has good balance and has little troubles on this terrain . When I have a group of girls we  will make a run on easy terrain dancing down the slope like we would dance to music. Then we talk about getting some movement in our skiing that has a bit of wiggle and rhythm to it.
So we get some active  flexion and extension and a bit of angulation  as we dance  as we  also need this in our skiing.

I would work with this girl to explore balance states to get her better centered and to find ways to take advantage of fore and aft movement.

She can ski so now she needs to learn how to work the ski to her benefit. We would learn how to use our edges in all parts of the turn and let her put her style together with the options she learns.

Awesome kid. You're a lucky Dad.
post #3 of 12
Learn to tip the feet rather than throw the pelvis sideways to start turns.
post #4 of 12
Critique... ok, very shortly and only bad stuff. She is not carving properly most of her turns. The reason is mainly because she is stuck with the dredded up-unweighing move. She needs to drop that and start to carve the high-c. Sloppy skiing, very nice smile .
post #5 of 12
Get her to a more functional stance. Get her tipping onto her edges (start stationary, and move to sliding on easy terrain) - this will be a foreign feeling, so it might take awhile. I'd relate it back to an activity she is already familiar with.
post #6 of 12
Very discipline skiing! She is working hard on it! I would recommend making improvements in this order:
1.       Even your daughter does not have pronounced aft stance, she would benefit from keeping her Center of Mass a bit more forward.  She seems to be very comfortable with the slope and snow conditions, therefore I think her boots and possibly bindings affect her stance:
a.       Remove additional spoilers (if they are there) from the back of her boots;
b.      Remove “drivers” from the tongue of her boot(if they are there);
c.       Make sure that her fore/aft weight distribution between toes and hills are 50/50 (not 75/25 as many boot shops love to set. Almost any boot shop can measure it, not every can set it correctly though)
d.      Make sure that the ramp angle on her bindings does not raise her hill.
e.      After you done with her boots and bindings and her balance still needs improvement (which I drought), have her ski in extreme forward position, then in extreme aft, then move from aft to forward within the same turn.
2.       Your daughter is keeping her upper body square to her ski at all times, which quite possibly makes her throw her pelvis sideways to start the turn. Teach her lower/upper body separation, skiing in counter and into the counter. Start with 180 pivots drill
3.       Your daughter would definitely benefit from a little bit more pronounced hip angulation. However, I suspect that as soon as you will take care of lower/upper body separation, angulation will fall in place by itself, since you daughter clearly demonstrate attempt to execute it correctly. Lack of lower/upper body separation does not let it happen to the full extend
4.       Now, this is going to take some time. Your daughter puts a good portion of her weight on inside ski.  This has been very confusing subject for the last few years, since we all have been taught to have active inside ski/knee. In the mind of majority (me including), more active means - weight bearing. This is not the case in here! This is not what PSIA meant! What they meant (took some bloody two years to discover) is that movement should be initiated by inside ski/knee (which totally makes sense), but at the same time PSIA have never implied that inside ski should be equally weighted with outside ski (transition between turns  is the exception). Meanwhile many skiers became a victim of this strange wording and started to load their ski 50/50 at all stages of the turn instead of supporting majority of the weight with outside ski (nobody changed laws of physics with invention of shaped ski). Your daughter is one of them. When majority of the weight is not supported by outside ski through the turn (except of transition, where we want 50/50) following problems occur:
a.       Travel of inside ski is shorter, so with equal pressure, inside ski should assume smaller edge angle then outside ski, which travels longer way. Here we have got unequal edges
b.      If skier attempts to keep edge angles equal, that cause wash out of outside ski, because inside ski starts to make tighter radius turn then outside ski. Most of the time diverging tips follow.
5.        It is not only sounds like; it is a can of worms!  There are many, many post on this forum regarding this issue, make a search, pay attention to what Bud and Rick have to say. Meanwhile, as a good drill, have you daughter to make turns on outside ski only, keeping inside ski lifted from the snow and switching ski in transition
6.       Once your daughter with master efficient weight distribution between skis through the turn, you will be working with her on more active inside knee, if that will not take care of itself on its own (very possible)
Good Luck!
post #7 of 12

Macro (as others have noted)
   Drills with poles as a wndow frame might help with the shoulder turning.
   Sideslips or piviotswith upper / lower separation may help too.

A little more micro:
Note how much the inside foot 'squirts' ahead of the outside foot, which does several things.
   Places the COM between the feet, so tip pressure is less than it might be
   The outside leg is then long, outriggered and stiff, leaving little range for absorbing movements. 

pulling the inside foot back helps the ski perform better (driving the outside foot is the offensive
version, put harder to do / conceptualize)

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys; this should keeps us busy for awhile.

post #9 of 12
About all I can comment on is the nice camera work.  Doesn't look easy to keep up with her with a camera!
post #10 of 12

Some good observations by others above.  What I can see from the video is she has a canting problem which is quite noticeable on the left foot (the A-frame).  Her boots seem quite stiff which is why she flexes from the knee and hip, but not from the ankle.  The duration and intensity of her movements make her turns abrupt and angular rather than smooth and shaped.  These may be a symptom of the alignment/stiffness of the boot. 

I suggest she go to a qualified boot fitter for assessment of her equipment and get what is needed done.  Sometimes it is easier to get a different boot and get it set up for her, than trying to make the one she has work.  She is a good young skier, worth the effort of getting her equipment set up properly.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Ron White View Post


I suggest she go to a qualified boot fitter for assessment of her equipment and get what is needed done.


Good eye;  She is knock knee'd 

I took her over to Larry's Boot fitting early this week.  They aligned the cuff a bit and made up a make shift insole to see how that works.

dialing in her boots has been tough this year.

post #12 of 12
im not sure if this is right at all but it seems like her shoulders are pointing where her ski tips are. this will make her tips slide and not have a fully carved turn.
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