I'm fairly new to racing, I ski pretty good overall, but seem to suck in course. I need your collective brain power to help train me up for racing. I have done some searching and it seems hard to find written instruction that can describe racing technique. Videos of racers are great, but they don't break down what I need to do with my body to ski like a racer.
I have these burning questions, that I can't seem to find the answers for. Help a noob out, sorry in advance if these sound like dumb questions for you advanced racers, I just can't get any info.
1) What does being strong have to do with running a GS course? Isn't it more about technique since we are using gravity. Isn't the objective to carve the cleanest turn; thereby not scrubbing any speed? I can see in other sports like swimming, running or biking that specific strength training ( specific to the sport ), can make you faster, but with skiing we are not running down the hill. Where would I apply the strength in the turn?
2) loading up the ski to bend it. I understand the concept of bending the ski to shorten the radius, I just don't know where in the turn I need to optimize it and need help with the mechanics of it as it applies to the race course.
3) Generating speed in the turn. Is this loading up the ski and then getting rebound? Although I can get rebound on some skis while free skiing, I don't understand how to do that running gates.
4) Light on you edges. How do I stay light on mu edges and still make the turn I need to make to change directions in a turny course?
Ok, I know you guys are all laughing about now, but take pity and help a noob out.