Originally Posted by michaelA
Gee, those skis look a little like the K2 Mod design with that raised hump in the middle. Was just looking at what may well be exactly the same ski hanging on the wall at Crystal Mt. today and wondering how it would be to ski them.
Certainly looks like more modern technique applied to those old boards. Be interesting to find an old video to know just how people actually skied that kind of ski Back In The Day. Dang, I wanna try those too!
And perfect outfit to the weather shown.
They are ridgetops. You could work the wood on the top of the ski to adjust flex.
Originally Posted by tdk6
Interesting video. What stands out quite strongly is that he has an overly wide stance, he is rushing past the fall line and he is massively skidding. His hips are rotating outwards and he is banking. He initiates his turns with a slight hop but he really pivots his skis aggressively. Not much up/down movement. I wonder what the "modern technique" connection is. I just see a guy skiing with old equipment using old technique. I use the word "old" technique since I find no other word for it. Its not new technique anyway IMHO.
I understand the limitations of the equipment. My conclusion is that modern technique requires modern equipment. Shaped skis and sharp edges. Boots that support your feet and bindings you can trust. Carved turns and skier balanced over outside ski. Movements of confidence and offensive skiing.
Thanks for sharing.
Skiing of the '30s was done with lots of upper body rotation and swinging of the arms to get the skis to turn. Hopping wasn't happening that much and the turns skidded, but from beginning to end of turn. His traverse works against him, as he has to start each turn from a traverse, not a transition. I think Oliver needs to be more aggresive using stronger rotation and more forceful edging. Of course, care and protection of the skis (and knees) may have been foremost on his mind.
With practice, I'm sure Oliver could do better. I have the Benno Rybizka's 'The Hannes Schneider Ski Technique' if Oliver wants to learn the Alberg Technique.
Hannes Schneider was renowned for his pipe, but I've never seen a photo of him actually skiing with it in his mouth. He is always posing. Or in a caricature, as on the pin from the annual Hannes Schneider Meister Cup race:
There was a classic ski race at Beaver Creek the weekend before last: the inaugural Jimmie Heuga Memorial Vintage Ski Race. Pro photos at: www.photojimspix.com
. Oliver ought to plan to join us next year! He could win an Epic Ski Pass. The supporters and sponsors of the race provided some old gear to get out on so those without old gear can still participate. I've skied Horseshoe Bowl at Breck on a fine spring day on 1940's wood skis with screw on edges, leather boots and beartrap bindings. It is exciting and fun!
I was skiing a more modern style than as I had edges although the boots offered no more support than canvas hightops. I was trying to make the skis work with parallel technique and they actually performed fairly well on this edgeable snow. Without good pressure, the skis would just slide sideways. The key was aggressive movements of the ski edges into the snow, not significant up/down movements to release the skis.