Originally Posted by alexzn
I don;t quite understand the alignment part, so I'd be grateful for a more detailed explanation. What I see in the clips is some residual body lean into the turn, I think I need to work on getting rid of that. I'd also like to get higher edge angles and more aggressive earlier edge changes. Getting rid of the body lean may help that too. The hand movement issues are definitely there, especially left hand, that has been an annoying habit that's pretty hard to get rid of. Finally, I think I am extending too much and not flexing enough, do you guys agree? Any advice on how to deal with those issues?
I think you have a good base to work from but here is my take on things:
You asked about too much extension - not enough flexion. The short answer is no I dont agree. The laws of physics tell us you cant extend more then you flex, and vice versa. So you cant have too much of one and not enough of the other, they are either both lacking, or both too much, or both about right.
You mentioned about body lean and hands. As you get more performance, you will actually incline more, not less (look at the inspirational skiing thread OP video). Dont worry about your hands, they are irrlevant in the greater scheme of things. A major pet peeve of Nancy Greene (won a few olympic gold medals in skiing, a few world cup titles, Canadian Female athelete of the century) is this whole hands thing. She teaches people to ski with their hands over their heads, or behind their backs just to show instructors a focus on hands is often ridiculous especially when there are so many other glaring problems. Hence dont waste energy on these ideas.
To improve thou you major area needing work is your ankles. They dont move. Stuck ankles = stuck body position = stuck balance = stuck intermediate skier.
For now just focus on flexing and extending the ankles. Dont worry so much about when, where....just get them moving. This will help you become more dynamic in your balance, which will help you generate earlier tip pressure and more dynamic edging, which will require greater flexion and extesion then you have now...of course with your ankles working, that greater range of motion wont be a problem for you.
Hence get those ankles working...the rest will fall into place. (well ok, maybe not that easy
...but step 1 is get the ankles working!)
Spiess (emphasis on the jump from the ankle obviously)
Pivot Slips (with exaggerated flexion and extension of the ankle)
Dolphin turns (perhaps a bit tough but fun to try)
Hops (again from ankle)
Might help loosing the upper cuff of the boot abit to get this going....