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]