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post #31 of 38
I haven't read the other comments but to me it looks like you could get much value out of getting a private instruction at the resort for an hour or two.

Here's the harsh bit: You are leaning backwards and you need to get forward in your boots if you want to progress. There are many ways of changing your fore aft balance and I think it's better done during instruction.

You need to bring your feet apart. Shoulder width if you are carving. Hip width if you are doing short turns. In moguls or powder it's correct to bring the feet together but on the groomed slopes you only hinder yourself by keeping the feet together. I think you already realize that you cannot lean your feet that much to the side because of the boot being in the way.
Just do it.

If you rethink your skiing I'm pretty sure that you will advance rapidly. It's easy to see that you have a good sense of balance and control of your body. You are just stuck in the wrong patterns. I think you'll become a great skier if you want to.
post #32 of 38
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Originally Posted by BrianV View Post




I know I keep my skis too close together, it's just always something I've done and feels natural :(

I blame my Mom who in my youth always skiied with her skis glued together.

Here's a picture of me in mid-turn at a pretty fast speed, this is about as much edge angle as I can get:

Brian-Skiing-BC4.jpg
 
No wonder, look at your upper body. You need to counter lean way more and you will be able to get a lot more on edge. You look so stiff. Make your upper body at least vertical, bending at the hip, and make sure to bend your inside knee a little less.
post #33 of 38
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post

That slope barely has an intermediate pitch to it, there is absolutely no need to tire oneself out carving such deep turns with all that body movement, except maybe for teaching purposes. 
There is absolutely no need for most of the turns done on a ski hill, except maybe for it's fun to turn.
post #34 of 38
Being in Austin, you are 12 1/2 hours from Taos - which has world class skiing and a ski school second to none.  You and your financee should each take a ski week.  For six days, you'll have a 2 hour lesson with the same instructor.  That will cure many of your problems.  Come on up.
post #35 of 38
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Originally Posted by BrianV View Post




I know I keep my skis too close together, it's just always something I've done and feels natural :(

I blame my Mom who in my youth always skiied with her skis glued together.

Here's a picture of me in mid-turn at a pretty fast speed, this is about as much edge angle as I can get:

Brian-Skiing-BC4.jpg
 

lll be honest that stance width could probably work. I personally would try slightly wider for a different feel but you not locked there.

with that said alot of people are right here. you ski the turns you desire pretty well, but if you want to be more dynamic and or eventually be able to ski steeper terrain some tweaks could go a long way. this is internet bench racing, but your not a better skier than either of those kids, both those video are short but those kids would be seconds ahead of you in a GS course.

You really need to work on leveling out you pelvis and shoulders. angulation is something that works really well for most rec skiers skiing at a moderate to fast pace on groomers. Leveling out your pelvis/shoulders will give you more edge grip, better balance on the outside ski, and tighten up your turn radius quite a bit. it will also make any attempt at brushed short radius turn possible. If I had to guess your short radius turns dont go so well as your trying move your entire body. you inclinate now, which is good thing to know if you ski REALLY fast. You dont ski really fast yet....

one good thing about the narrow stance is you dont over edge in your turns at all, because if you did you would topple over.
post #36 of 38
I wouldn't worry about your stance width too much. You want to be driving your turns by tipping your inside foot to edge and increasing that tipping effort throughout the turns. That will pull your body into the arc of the turn and generate the angles you are looking for. 
post #37 of 38
Now this looks like agreat idea !!!!

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Being in Austin, you are 12 1/2 hours from Taos - which has world class skiing and a ski school second to none.  You and your financee should each take a ski week.  For six days, you'll have a 2 hour lesson with the same instructor.  That will cure many of your problems.  Come on up.
I'm reading the post and if you try to take it all in and figgure out whats right and wrong ,and who knows what they are talking about and who is full of hot air, you could spend the rest of the winter and the next 10 teaching yourself whats good or bad.
I see alot of good input here and also some "crap"
I originally was going to post "you might want to try this" but why would mine be any better then anyone elses for you to pick up on in this sort of forum. I have skied with quite a few bears now and we have some really good skiers here. Some are self taught some of natural abilities and some work darn hard to get to what lvl they are at.
Having said that I don't care if you get a lesson from PSIA, CSIA or any other recognized teaching group,. They are all trained to detect and correct, this means although I might think I see somthing in your skiing I might not find the root cause and fix it ( kindda treating the low oil in your car by adding more oil and not fixing the leak) A decent lvl Instructor will easily move you to the "next lvl" in your sking if you want to add a bit more performance to what you already do.
Anyway get a lesson go during the week in an off time and get a group lesson of a higher end to keep the costs down ( you may be a 1 man group if you plan it right)
My 2 cents
Have fun
post #38 of 38
Brian there is nothing really wrong with these turns per say.  They are kind of laxidazical though, you seem capable of higher performance skiing to me.  i'd like to see what you can with with shorter radius turns on slightly steeper pitch, then we can look for problems that will surface under those more difficult conditions.  These are easy cruiser turns....no big deal, they look fine.  I'd say your skis are too close together too, but for these lazy turns, who cares.  Its also about foot independence.

Anyway, give us some video fo shorter radius turns on slightly steeper pitch.  We'll find the problems, promise
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