The skier in this clip is smoother and is having an easier time than the skier in the first clip. His upper body and head are much more stable, and he does exactly what I've suggested the first skier should do--initiate the turn by guiding the tips into the turn with his feet and legs, focusing on activity of the inside foot and leg. His skis go more the direction they're pointed, so they glide more smoothly through the uneven soft snow. He shows strong and fairly accurate activity of the inside leg.
To become even smoother, he should notice that he tends to try to push against the skis, probably in an effort to get them to respond, by sinking suddenly (slightly) about half way through the turn. This causes two things. He tends to push the outside ski away--note the consistent widening of the stance in the middle of most turns. And it causes him to move down and back, finishing the turn low and slightly in the back seat, rather than moving his body through the turn with his skis and finishing the turn in "neutral." Because he doesn't finish in neutral, his turns are not smoothly linked--he has to pop up and get forward over his feet again before he can start the next turn.
Especially in these soft conditions, patience is a virtue! There is no need to push against the skis. Be gentle, and allow them to push against YOU as they slice through the turn. Move with them, and strive to FINISH the turn in "neutral," rather than low and on edge. Many skiers think of starting a turn tall, sinking through it, and ending low and on a solid edge. But if you finish a turn in one position, and start a turn in another, then they are obviously NOT linked! While the edge release does not necessarily entail a rising motion, it often accompanies one, and this skier is clearly rising with the edge release. He should play with rising OUT of the turn, rather than rising INTO the next turn. When the turn is over, he should be OFF his edges, standing relaxed and in neutral over his skis, ready to start the next turn with only a subtle tipping and guiding of his downhill foot.
When you finish your turn in neutral, you really don't have to do ANYTHING to start the next turn, because you're already in the "starting position" and everything is already moving in the right direction! The sensation is of a smooth, effortless float through the transition. He'll like it!
But it can be a tough habit to change for many of us (virtally everyone who has skied for 15 years or more--or imitated someone who has--or who thinks of the skis as brakes and turns as ways to slow down). Finish the turn on edge, to stop the skid and create the platform to push off from for the next turn...that's what so many of us practiced so much! The skier in this clip does not need the platform, because his turns don't rely on a pushoff. But he still has the habit! It'smostly a question of a slight change in timing.
[ February 02, 2003, 09:38 PM: Message edited by: Bob Barnes/Colorado ]