Video links are at the bottom of this request - 3, short, 30 second videos.
I am self taught skier and I am looking for a few tips to improve and work on. I guess I am looking for a couple of "bang for the buck" tips, not trying to fix all my flaws (probably are too many), just working with whatever I might be doing that is OK to improve. I am not trying for PSIA, spot on technique, just functional, fun, dynamic skiing.
I am probably in the backseat (I feel that way a lot although I try to stay forward and seem to do better at it when skiing aggressively), keep my hands too low instead of out front, pivot turn (or at least turn too fast), don't angulate, don't counter enough, might heel push, and numerous other things. I am not even sure I define all those things correctly, but I probably demonstrate a lot of them at some point when skiing. I did learn the MA stands for Movement Analysis today, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Also, given my knees (both ACLs done years ago) and the general wear and tear on my body (car wreck, cliff fall, you know - life), I have recently thought that a 2 foot steering and skiing style would serve me well. After watching my video, it appears to me that I might already do this? Maybe this is a bad thing and I should be weighting my outside ski more? If so, how do I change? If not, how do I weight both ski closer to even and ski effectively (or can you)? Just curious.
I am not sure what techniques would serve me better and work with my bio mechanics. I suppose the videos are fairly representative of my self taught "style". The only thing that differs is on steeper terrain of when skiing more aggressively, I think I am more forward and with a lower body and maybe I round my turns a little more (tending to lean into the fall line for an extra second or two). In these videos, I am just meandering down the hill. They were not originally recorded with any MA purpose in mind.
Oh, and, for next season, what would give me the best bang for the buck for my ski allocated dollars?
1. ski more - spend dollars on trips and lift tickets. Oddly enough, the more I ski, the better it feels.
2. take some lessons - I am considering some early next season
3. Cabrio type boots - thinking of experimenting with.
ski.MA3.2010 from Skidding on Vimeo.
If the embedded videos above do not work, here are some links that should work.
Vimeo versions - you can view all three if you like: