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Thanks to a few members here.

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Skier has smooth transition from ski to ski, is smooth in turn shape and rythum. Does divergence style turns.

Should have feet checked. Slightly A-framed (turn 1-left leg). Uses rotation of the upper body to turn(hands cross over the skiis during turns.

Side view looks like the skier is in balance. If arms were up/forward and wider, it would help with driving thru the turns and edging.

Turn after the sideview shows tip lead caused by divergence turns.

Turn before skier goes by the trees...shows rotation, weight back, A-frame causing left ski to edge before right.

I'll save correction for another post.

(edit...thinking...A-frame, divergence, arm crossover... is this skier a former racer just getting back into skiing?)

[ November 04, 2002, 03:00 AM: Message edited by: KeeTov ]
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Nice skiing, Smooth and flowing nothing abrupt. There was little to no use of the poles. Choice? I think the pole swing would enhance the release from ski to ski also give a cleaner picture (just personal preference). Activley tipping more on the inside ski may help the A-fram Kee tove mentions as I agree with many of the comments made.

Try some pivot slips to establish some upper and lower body seperation as it appears the whole body tends to move together.

Try some flex turns and shuffle turns to promote more active legs, focusing on the ankle opening and closing.

Keep elbows in front of torso to round the back a little keeping your in a more athlectic position.

Overall work on the inside leg setting the edge angle and pulling the outside leg to match. Hold the inside leg back as it appears you allow it to shoot out ahead causing your hips to be behind your balance point.
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Originally posted by Todo:
Try some flex turns and shuffle turns to promote more active legs, focusing on the ankle opening and closing.
Some help please. I am not familiar with the terms "flex turns" and "shuffle turns", Would you describe please. If it ain't in Barnes's book, I don't know it.
Melf

[ November 04, 2002, 10:44 PM: Message edited by: dchan ]
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Something not in Barnes book??? Stop the presses!!!!!

Flex turns...during the turn actively open/close (flex/extend) your ankles. Feel pressure on the tongue of the boot, feel more, feel less throughout the turn. Normally you gradually extend or flex, going in "one direction". This exercise gives you variablity and range of motion.

Shuffle turns...like flex turns, change your position throughout the turn to "feel" other sensations. Shuffle your feet, sliding one in front of the other.

Both help with balance, edging, and good laughs!
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Hi all. I was having a heck of a time getting these movies to work, till I finally changed a setting in aol. No problems now.

Anyway, another good skier. good flow for the most part.

I see a definate step from one ski to the other to initiate turns. This is coupled with a tipping of the head and shoulders and followed up by some upperbody rotation. Which is probably why there is little directinal movements from the hands, arms, and poles.

as someone else said, separation of lower and upper body needs work, along with releasing the old outside ski.

One place I might start with this skier is to have them play with hard edge traverses to forward slip and back to hard edge traverse. Both directions. This works on the release of the downhill ski and separation between lower and upper body. Work this into fully relaxing the downhill foot and leg into a slow turn at the end of the traverse. From here work into nice round linked turns with a focus of flatening the downhill ski at the end of the turn. Let it be slippy if it needs to be. Focus on flatening the foot ankles and knees. Same action as the release in the traverse except we're working it into the end of our turns. From here I might go to lifting and tipping the old outside foot. Thinking about slowly pouring water out of the boot down the hill. All the while the other boot is filling up and getting heavier. From here I might add some directional focus with hands and poles. As the new inside gets lighter the outside pole is slowly coming forward. They work together, across the body, balancing the unity of the our core. The movement of the foot on one side keyes the pole and hand movement on the other. as someone said, arms wider and more forward is also key. I would add, showing the wrists or opening the hands down the hill or forward. Try to always have one slowing moveing forward which keeps us from parallel parking our poles. My poles can be my metronome, setting the tempo and keeping time. With some changes, I see this skier ready to really take off. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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KeeTov, Todo, RicB
Thanks for taking the time to post your observations and suggestions. I’ll give a little background. I’m 53, started skiing at 40. Self taught resulting in some deeply ingrained bad habits. Became an instructor a few years after I began skiing, first leap forward in improvement. Next leap forward when I took my lvl 1, great examiner, Bob Shostic. Stopped instructing a few years ago. Video was taken last December.
Just picked up new boots and foot beds last week, had the whole alignment thing done. We’ll see if that leads to some improvement.
Correct pole use has always been a big problem for me; it’s one of the things I’ve been trying to improve. All suggestions regarding correct pole use are greatly appreciated.
Hopefully I’ll get out this weekend so I can try out you suggestions. Great stuff. Thanks again.
Bill
Dchan
Thanks for hosting the video.
Anyone else?
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