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I can only comment on my only experiences, but there are often many ways to skin a cat. Little Angel
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
@holidayloverxx, Have neither of us shouted "Early pressure!" yet ?! 😄

Great thread btw, better than the usual rubbish on here 😉
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Hurtle wrote:
...engage little toe edge early (I'd never given my little toes much thought before, and therefore mis-timed almost all transitions, tending either to sweep the tails of my skis round or to park-and-ride)... Very Happy


Reading that, I couldn't get my head around it; Then this morning at ChillFactore actually skiing, it made perfect sense. snowHead

Best bit of snowHead advice I've heard came from Pigeondave... "Just remove brain, insert cabbage, throw yourself down mountain!"
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Tarquin wrote:
@holidayloverxx, Have neither of us shouted "Early pressure!" yet ?! 😄

Great thread btw, better than the usual rubbish on here 😉


We haven't! I meant to. .and give you the credit...but i forgot
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
@skimottaret, it's all about maximising potential

@rob@rar, I don't mind slush at all, easy flattering carves.
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No one ever told me this but I wish they had.
If all the instructors are wearing long macs, go back home.
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Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
don't worry what your (skis are) about to ski over Toofy Grin
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Our instructor gave us a tip which helped us "up in the fall line .down in the turn " Smile
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Find a song that matches your rhythm and sing it as you do a sequence of turns, forcing yourself to turn on the beat.
Different songs for short turns and long turns of course.

I find myself happily singing "This girl is on fire" on long turns.
Wish it had been a guy that gave me this tip and maybe had a more manly song recommendation Embarassed Embarassed
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@Ray Zorro, Ace of Spades....down a mogul field....usually on my ar$e.
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Ray Zorro wrote:
Find a song that matches your rhythm and sing it as you do a sequence of turns, forcing yourself to turn on the beat.
Different songs for short turns and long turns of course.

I find myself happily singing "This girl is on fire" on long turns.
Wish it had been a guy that gave me this tip and maybe had a more manly song recommendation Embarassed Embarassed


The Birdy Song works for me, and the required arm movements help to coordinate my pole plants.
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And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
I thought all skiers had 'Popcorn' playing in their heads on a permanent loop.
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So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
Smoke on the water, is good.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
@biddpyat,
I was thinking of Paradise City but you would need an empty piste Very Happy
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
@king key, I've skinned a lot of deer, a few hares and a lot of rabbits, and they all seem to require the same approach. What's different about cats ?
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I learned a looooong time ago and on 210s. My breakthrough came when I was told to reach forward, plant the pole and stand up placing your chest directly above the pole, the skis turned with no effort and I felt as if I was on rails. This was accompanied by shouts of " hoopla ". To this day I still say the magic word when frightened or skiing badly.
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
deerman wrote:
@king key, I've skinned a lot of deer, a few hares and a lot of rabbits, and they all seem to require the same approach. What's different about cats ?
When you make your first incision around the sphincter you'll find the anal tract can't be puilled quite as far out and it's harder to tie a knot.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
foxtrotzulu wrote:
deerman wrote:
@king key, I've skinned a lot of deer, a few hares and a lot of rabbits, and they all seem to require the same approach. What's different about cats ?
When you make your first incision around the sphincter you'll find the anal tract can't be puilled quite as far out and it's harder to tie a knot.


Now there's a little tip I wasn't expecting in this thread.
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foxtrotzulu wrote:
deerman wrote:
@king key, I've skinned a lot of deer, a few hares and a lot of rabbits, and they all seem to require the same approach. What's different about cats ?
When you make your first incision around the sphincter you'll find the anal tract can't be puilled quite as far out and it's harder to tie a knot.


Now that is a niche tip.
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
When first learning to parallel my instructor told me to pretend my big toe was crushing a grape at the start of each turn. By the end of the slope I would have a full boot of wine! Worked wonders!
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Chamcham wrote:
foxtrotzulu wrote:
deerman wrote:
@king key, I've skinned a lot of deer, a few hares and a lot of rabbits, and they all seem to require the same approach. What's different about cats ?
When you make your first incision around the sphincter you'll find the anal tract can't be puilled quite as far out and it's harder to tie a knot.


Now there's a little tip I wasn't expecting in this thread.
I thought everyone knew that.


Razz
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Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
king key wrote:
Chamcham wrote:
foxtrotzulu wrote:
deerman wrote:
@king key, I've skinned a lot of deer, a few hares and a lot of rabbits, and they all seem to require the same approach. What's different about cats ?
When you make your first incision around the sphincter you'll find the anal tract can't be puilled quite as far out and it's harder to tie a knot.


Now there's a little tip I wasn't expecting in this thread.
I thought everyone knew that.


Razz


Well that came as quite a surprise when reading this thread from the bottom up (if you'll forgive the expression)
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Most lessons have really left me scratching my head; do "S" shapes not "Z"'s (but not how?), bend like a banana, line up your toe/knee/shoulder, initiate a turn with your big toe, separate your waist, push your shins into the front of your boots, stay in the athletic stance, etc

I was too busy thinking about what shape or position my body parts were in to ski properly, so I just fell back into my old ways.

I have progressed to reds and the occasional black run by copying others, but even on easy blues I find that I still get thigh burn, that would get worse each day... until this trip.

A friend told me just to stay balanced on my midfoot, not the heel or the toe... whatever I'm doing, and suddenly, whilst just concentrating on keeping my foot balanced in the middle, without thinking about the rest of it, I was automatically doing S's, bending like a banana, lining up my body correctly, and gliding down the whole run without getting any thigh burn. And it was better each day.

I just wish someone had just told me that one obvious thing from the start. Maybe they did, but I've only just got it anyway. Embarassed
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@Sack the Juggler,

I think you highlight why instructors need to be very fluent in the students language - they need to be able to explain the same thing in multiple ways in order to find one that lands
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@Sack the Juggler,

Quote:

whilst just concentrating on keeping my foot balanced in the middle, without thinking about the rest of it, I was automatically doing S's, bending like a banana, lining up my body correctly, and gliding down the whole run without getting any thigh burn. And it was better each day.


I believe this device and the youtube video's provide some great advice...

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http://youtube.com/v/_x9vW1z3JAw '
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I'm pretty much completely self taught, so first piece was in the snow drome, one of the lift guys/instructors told me to stop stepping into my turns. No solution, but I went and worked it out and it took a long time to fix...

Second piece was to try and fix my back seated-ness. Shins against the front, bit of flex in the boot, and toes up - 'try and push your toe through the top of your boot..'

And from a Swedish friend... Laughing

"Soft knees and speed" rolling eyes
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And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
@Sack the Juggler, the first lesson on a 4 week course with Mark Jones and his guys at ICESI in Val D’isere, we spent purely on balance...just as you say...even weight on feet fore and aft- for me..just feeling all the sole of my feet against sole of boot works a treat. Very good in powder.
Another good one for powder and fresh snow...stand on uphill ski towards end of turn- which has the effect, for me, of ensuring even pressure between the two skis.
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 So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
@Sack the Juggler, the first lesson on a 4 week course with Mark Jones and his guys at ICESI in Val D’isere, we spent purely on balance...just as you say...even weight on feet fore and aft- for me..just feeling all the sole of my feet against sole of boot works a treat. Very good in powder.
Another good one for powder and fresh snow...stand on uphill ski towards end of turn- which has the effect, for me, of ensuring even pressure between the two skis.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
foxtrotzulu wrote:
Ray Zorro wrote:
Find a song that matches your rhythm and sing it as you do a sequence of turns, forcing yourself to turn on the beat.
Different songs for short turns and long turns of course.

I find myself happily singing "This girl is on fire" on long turns.
Wish it had been a guy that gave me this tip and maybe had a more manly song recommendation Embarassed Embarassed


The Birdy Song works for me, and the required arm movements help to coordinate my pole plants.


Instructor last year in La Plagne suggested I exaggerate up and down through turns - the Birdy song and the arm movement worked a little too well for me, instructor went from finding it hilarious to shouting 'you look stupid' down the hill... worked though!! Laughing
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
A chance conversation with a nice lady at OktoberTest led to my discovery that ski trousers should be entirely on the outside of the boot.

6 weeks on snow and I've always wondered why the inner lining was so poorly designed with that stupid popper that always dug into my leg in some way rolling eyes
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