cj wrote:I did the first video of the season this weekend and was happy with a lot of the things I saw (better foot containment, stack, extension, and upper body... shoulder supression is really starting to work for me).
But I still have a problem with turn matching and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. This was brought to my attention this summer because a coach spotted it. It is somewhat suttle, but still noticable.
I seem to be using/holding my left turn (being on my right downhill ski) longer than my right. My right leg/left turn is a lot stronger than my left and I get better knee angle, lead change, and shin pressure on a left turn, but that turn starts to look choppy because I rely on it too much for speed control.
The only thing I can think of to cure this is to ski on one ski on the flats (my left ski) to gain the strength, shin pressure, knee angle, etc., to match my right leg. I will also try and be lighter/less edge pressure on my right ski to help this problem.
Does anyone else have this problem or any suggestions?
Simply practice your narrow mogul skier's stance on groomed terrain. Pin your boots and knees together and ski. Practice until you can ski the flats with a narrow stance, an upright torso, and hips never getting back over the heels, hips always driving forward, down the hill. Make fast turns while moving the torso straight down the hill. Work this into your bump skiing (by adding absorption and extension) and your matching problem will no longer be there.
Mogul coaches, even good ones, are often reluctant to give this simple advice because mogul skiers have been beaten up for so long with accusations of using outdated wedeling technique. While it might look like wedeling when practiced on the flats, absorption/extension in bumps turn mogul skiing into something all together different.
Pin'em together and ski, CJ!