Members sunvalleylaw Posted August 27, 2012 Members Share Posted August 27, 2012 Comments welcome if you have any. I am a verbal guy and like to think things through. Writing things out and discussion them helps me understand. So that is my purpose here in this journal thread. I would welcome any comments anyone has, but certainly do not expect it. Intro: I consider myself a re-newb. I was a stronger, better skier in the 90's when I skied a lot. Took some years mostly off, and am trying to hit it harder again. Never was a consistent course skier or competitor, but I used to work a couple passes into most of my runs in the mid 90's. got a new(er) ski, read a bunch of stuff here, skied a bunch more this year, got on a ski lake with a nice course a couple/few times, and found I have a lot to learn and/or re-learn. Fair to say that I am a pretty strong freeskier for a guy almost 50, and that I am otherwise pretty much a 15 off'r hoping to move up. There is more info about my ski history in my Newb intro thread, in this thread category I believe, but that is enough intro for the purpose of this thread. Progress this year: Got on this forum. Found a lot of good info. Lucked into @Than Bogan posting up his leveraged position article. Took a few pics and posted. Apparent problems: 1. Reaching into too soon and too high for the handle at the close of the turn, preventing good set up for a strong leveraged position. 2. Not being countered enough throughout the turn. leads to, or caused by above problem. 3. Looking across the wakes too drastically and too far. Also related to the above. 4. on my early course attempts this year, not getting up on the boat enough to make any sort of good beginning. Improvements: Based on good advice received here: Earlier this season: Started trying to look more down course, across the boat to the next ball or something like that, Pulled out better and farther, made a better gate attempt focused on feeling elbows on my vest. (makes a big difference) Probably the biggest thing other than trying to get out farther on the gates earlier this season. I found it hard to do much else with my skiing, and also get used to being in the course again. Today's free run: focused on the eyes as above made a deliberate to get and stay countered in the turn was more patient at the end of the turn and tried to let the ski pass back under the line before sweeping the handle over to my hip, rather than pulling it in. Felt elbows on vest, tried to keep ankles and knees soft, tried to hold it across and through both wakes. MUCH BETTER! at least much better feeling whilst freeskiing. No opportunity for course work today. Was up at Redfish lake. Did I do it all perfectly, . . . by no means. but I could start to feel it. My turns were much smoother, as was my hook up back to the handle. AND . . . that made my wake crossing faster, and seem like a lot less work. Since I was freeskiing, and not looking at the balls, I was able to play with this stuff more. I wish there was a course there, so I could follow up with a course run and try it out. Maybe the course is in at Magic res. Also, need to see if I can go visit my buddy down at the ski ranch soon. Thank you to anyone who has given me some tips personally or a thread I participated in, and also to all those who have posted their questions and advice. Lots to learn from here! Oh, and one other thing, sorry if I have been too chatty in any of the threads. I only get to ski so much, and have been stoked to learn. LIke I said, it helps me to verbalize and discuss things. But I hope not to to that too much and dirty up others' threads. Having been here a little while now, I will make sure I listen a lot, and try to speak when appropriate. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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