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Hi all


http://youtube.com/v/7rL3FcK1LKw

Been trying to work on balance and movement. Any observations/suggestions welcome!
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Interesting to note how many sHs will offer advice without seeing how you ski but noone brave enough to offer an opinion when there is video evidence!

For my money you look a bit stiff.
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Had a quick look but only on my phone, will have a better look tomorrow. Generally very tidy. One some of your turns to the right I think you are not well balanced on the outside ski, getting a bit stuck on your inside ski momentarily. This might be caused by the rate your lateral movement at the start of the turn.

The gradient of that slope isn’t enough to challenge you to see where things break down, or to give you large enough forces to work with to influence the shape of the turn after the setup phase. If you can get some video on something at a higher speed that might be a good test.
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They aren't what I'd call medium turns more like edge changes in the same direction down a very gentle slope.

That said you looked like you had a reasonably stacked and functional stance. Maybe work on a bit wider stance and actually rounding out turns.
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@narbs, looks pretty good. As @rob@rar, said looks like you’re A framing a bit with your inside ski on the right hand turns. More weight on the outside ski, pull your right knee back and focus on keeping the skis parallel. Will be more pronounced on a steeper slope.
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Wish I could ski like that!
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Looks tidy, but even I could look tidy on that pitch.
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Your turns follow an easy rhythm.
On your right hand turns yours skis are not parallel and the trajectory that you follow is more in the line of the inner ski than the outer one. This would suggest that you are not steering the outer ski correctly and that your weight distribution is incorrect.
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Thanks all - it definitely wasn't the steepest slope, it's true!

I'd been working on getting more balance on the outside ski too, which I seem to have managed on my weaker turn (left) but not the previously stronger one. I'll keep trying Smile
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@narbs, what kind of things are you doing to help you balance on the outside ski?
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@kitenski, lifting the inside ski during the turn, dragging the pole over the outside ski - those have been the main two.
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@narbs, thats a good one - you could try lifting the inner ski earlier and earlier in the turn on a slope similiar steepness to that in the video? Make sure the tip doesn't lift up though!
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@narbs,
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Thanks all - it definitely wasn't the steepest slope, it's true!


Don't worry about it. Long ago I worked out that the most important skill in skiing is picking a slope that will make you look good Very Happy
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@narbs,
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Thanks all - it definitely wasn't the steepest slope, it's true!


Don't worry about it. Long ago I worked out that the most important skill in skiing is picking a slope that will make you look good Very Happy
Agreed. Find a slope, perfect it, then move onto a slightly steeper one.
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@Frosty the Snowman,
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Agreed. Find a slope, perfect it, then move onto a slightly steeper one.


No, no no! All that happens then is you start looking bad once again.

Find a slope, perfect it, then swan down it looking amazing ad infinitum. Very Happy
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foxtrotzulu wrote:
@Frosty the Snowman,
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Agreed. Find a slope, perfect it, then move onto a slightly steeper one.


No, no no! All that happens then is you start looking bad once again.

Find a slope, perfect it, then swan down it looking amazing ad infinitum. Very Happy


Yes Toofy Grin
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Generally good rhythm, nicely rounded turns, and very good balance in the middle of the turn.

Your skis, however, are diverging at the start of the turn, more on one side than the other but you can see it on both. It looks to me like you are initiating the new turn with your new "inside" ski. The good news is your balance is forward, but that balance is a bit focussed on the tip of the new inside ski rather than committed to the new outside ski. Focus on moving your centre of mass (hips) both forward and across at the start of the turn, be patient as your skis flatten in the transition then focus on feeling pressure on the big toe over your new outside ski.
Exercises I would recommend:
1. Snowplough slowly on a gentle piste. Focus on initiating the turn, at low speed, with the front of the new outside ski. Low speed will help you focus on the feeling you are looking for in the transition and especially how important it is to pressure from the outside toe, then ankle then knee then hip. And the snowplough means you can focus 100% on that feeling. It looks to me that you might be doing it the other way round, i.e. from the top of your body down!
2. When skiing parallel, lift the new inside ski off the snow earlier and earlier in the turn to test your limits on early transition and balance on the new outside ski. Really try to find the limit, i.e. you should be really struggling to maintain balance, otherwise you may not get the progression to committing to the new outside ski early in the turn.
3. Bit advanced but also great fun! Use the baby slope (short lift and gentle slope), take one ski off completely and make controlled, rounded turns. You will find the only way to do this is to progressively pressure the front of the ski, with good ankle flexation.
Good luck!
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Equipment issue - appears to be a massive split down the middle of your snowboard and your bindings seem set to +90/+90!

Toofy Grin
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looks rather rigid and as a result not very natural, but its not bad but i guess your technique will fall apart on steeper pitches, the inside ski does not run parallel with the outside ski as a result of lifting and placing the inside ski, you should be able to let the skis run,edge to edge on such a gentle slope.
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Personally, I think there is a lot right going on there...and I think that knowing you are being filmed, especially for public consumption, can cause you to ski in a more unrelaxed, self conscious way......a bit like when an instructor tells you to wait, while he does 20 turns down the mountain, stops and waves his pole as a signal for you to come down under his eagle eye.
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I'm no instructor or expert but many have said what i see as your problem a d it will kill you on steep icy slopes. you're holding on to the old downhill/outside ski too long. That pressure built up on the downhill/outside ski needs releasing and distributing on the uphill/inside ski. This then puts the weight in the place you want it prior to the new turn really starting. you're new downhill/outside skis edge will be engaged above the fall line giving you control over your skis destiny.
probably doesn't mean a lot in words so best ignore most of what ive said
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Thanks all, some good stuff to go away and work on. @Richard_Sideways, apart from the snowboard thing obvs Very Happy

@zikomo, really good advice. I did a *lot* of snowploughing last year for my L1 and it did me a lot of good in developing the feel of good balance and turning.
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@narbs, aha if you've done L1 then slow plough parallel is a cracking one to try, very hard to get that inside ski tracking and smooth unless your balance and weight distribution is spot on!!
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