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I have learned ski five years. I am 47 years old, 5’ 8”, and 200lbs. Because I live in tropic Taiwan, I can only ski 3 ~5 days in one year.

These videos are my day 20 video. Any comment is welcome, and if possible please give me a "level", thank you.

post #2 of 9
LELO, The amount of time you spend on the snow severely limits your chances to change much about your skiing. This is why I would suggest Inline skating and ice skating as off the snow cross training activities. I would also suggest playing on snow blades. Mostly because all three activities would expose any cuff pressure / stance and balance issues. Something I think I see in your video is an up move at edge release and a bit of an A frame as well. I suspect it's a function of being levered a bit too far forward during that phase of the turns. You also use a whole body rotary move during that transition to get the new turn started. So were talking about small stance changes that will allow you to eliminate some extraneous movements that show up in your transitions.

Beyond that you show a lot of discipline and a willingness to move with the skis. Expanding your Range of Motion in all three planes of motion is the learning path I would suggest following. As far as matching your skiing to a class level, too many other factors are missing for me to suggest a  lesson level. Which is all the level classifications represent, they're really not a grading system.
post #3 of 9

Welcome to Epic!

At my resort we would put you in a level 4 lesson group because you are linking wedge christie turns (starting turns with your ski tips closer together and finsihing with your skis parallel) on moderate terrain. At this level we work on things like getting rid of the wedge, getting the skis on their new edges above the fall line, getting more speed control through turn shape and less from skidding, balancing against the outside ski at higher speeds and using the poles to help our turns. At 3-5 days per year it is possible to move beyond this level of skiing, but you have to make a commitment to do so (e.g. inline skating in the summer, 1/2 day of lessons and at least 1/2 day of practice/drills each season).

One drill I would recommend for you is carved traverses. Stop on one side of a trail and aim your skis at a point on the other side of the trail. Head straight to that point and then gently start tipping your skis to the up hill side. Your skis should turn uphill until you come to a stop and leave pencil thin tracks in the snow. Start slow, then pick points farther down the trail to increase the speed. When you can do this after starting going straight down the hill, you are ready to start working on turn transitions.
post #4 of 9
The essence of parallel is doing the same things to both skies simultaneously.

You're not quite there yet, but your willingness to commit to turning--to go down the hill--is a great base point. 

If you were in my lesson, I'd call it a Level 4 lesson and spend some of the time on simultaneous edging drills like the one Rusty described.  I'd also spend some of the time on steering drills both with and without the skis on.
post #5 of 9
lelo - not bad for a 20 day ski person. The way you are going to improve is by taking ski lessons. What else can you expect for advice on a ski instructor site LOL. Anyway, I would not put you in a beginners group although you would greatly benefit from learning the very basics in skiing. Stuff like learning how to turn by weighting your skis and letting them and their shape and edges do the work for you and how you should try to delay your time in the fall line insted of rushing through it and how to weighten your outside ski etc etc. Im always looking for improving what I do but you dont necessarily need to do that in order to have a good time and enjoying yourself. With only a couple of days of skiing per year maybe you should accept the fact that you do it for enjoyment and not for quick improvement. Start by taking a lesson.

Dont you have any 40day video? That would be interesting.
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Originally Posted by tdk6 View Post

Dont you have any 40day video? That would be interesting.

Sorry! Only 20 days, from I learn skiing up to now ...

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Sorry, missunderstood you. I thaught you had skied 40d and the video was from 20d.

Did any of the advice you got here so far make any sence to you?
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Originally Posted by tdk6 View Post

Did any of the advice you got here so far make any sence to you?

The classified. We have instructors who said Chinese teach us. In our standard, I ski a parallel turn, even worse than me. I need someone tell me the truth.



post #9 of 9
Hi lelo my friend! They are right about learning skiing via inline skating. It should be able to help you get through the initial stage of learning. Some of the techniques are just the same. But be sure not to seek the very steep initially. :)

Here, just to show how alike the two are. A scenic skating in Hong Kong.


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