ski sticking at gate

cacmancacman Posts: 71 Baller
I have an unusual problem. I have a new ski that seems pretty great but not always able to get it to turn in for gate when I want it to. I don't feel fast I'm wide enough. My first set I felt the ski was hunting an edge but made a slight fin adjust and that went away. Just not sure what to adjust. Thanks for the help


  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,053 Mega Baller
    I wouldn't call that an unusual problem! MANY skis that I've gotten on, including some of my all-time favorites, seemed to edge-hunt outside the gates until I got used to them.

    I'd wait at least a few sets before doing anything to address that, unless you also have issues inside the course.

    (Oh, and if that new ski is a Denali, get on the forum and get advice from the real experts instead of a scrub like me!)
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,259 Crazy Baller
    Try to maintain just a little outbound lean/direction in your glide until you get used to it. Not a bad idea all the time.
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • RazorRoss3RazorRoss3 Posts: 1,321 Mega Baller
    even just keeping your hips pointed slightly away from course/outbound in the glide could fix the issue.
  • BRYBRY Posts: 578 Crazy Baller
    Really need video for this. But bet you are too slow and on back foot at the moment you turn to go.
    1. If ski is hunting for an edge that means you are not on edge. From the moment you start your move out from wakes be on one edge or the other till exit gates. Do not go flat, if flat you slide back on the boat and in towards the wakes, very bad. 100% front foot on left side of foot. Possible you fin tuned the turn-in out of it... It was begging you to give it an edge.
    2. Increase your speed till you feel fast. Not out of control, but enough to be a touch uncomfortable. 100% front foot on left side of foot. If you are truly wide enough the speed is your friend.
    3. 100% front foot on left side of foot.
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,459 Mega Baller
    Have you tried moving the boots forward.
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 598 Crazy Baller
    What is new ski, and old ski? What line length and speed?
  • cacmancacman Posts: 71 Baller
    I am on a new XTR was on a VTR. 34 mph 28 through 38 have had it happen. I have not moved boots because all else feels great. tend to be over front foot and on left side. But seems better if I'm on the tail. Still need some more sets but was hoping someone had a magical fin move.
  • PurdueSkierPurdueSkier Posts: 152 Baller
    If it feels better on the tail and sticks when on the front foot try moving the fin forward just a little. Maybe 0.005" that should relieve some of the pressure and let you stand taller. If that doesn't work take your boots off and let me try it.
  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,258 Mega Baller
    @cacman you did say hunting problem was cured, right?
    Which foot forward and one hand or two handed gate?
    SR SL Judge & Driver (“a driver who is super late on the wheel and is out of sync”)
  • cacmancacman Posts: 71 Baller
    not hunting anymore. Haven't changed anything yet but gate getting better. Still seems to turn in better for gate if I rock back some.
  • cacmancacman Posts: 71 Baller
    Right foot forward two hand gate.
  • MSMS Posts: 4,926 Mega Baller
    Coming off of the VTR there will be an adjustment period. Try standing up taller at the height of your pullout right before you roll in towards the gate.
    Shut up and ski
  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,258 Mega Baller
    What @MS said. On side turn is naturally more back-foot oriented. Likely you notice it more with a different ski.
    SR SL Judge & Driver (“a driver who is super late on the wheel and is out of sync”)
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 1,745 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @cacman Apart from not liking the term "rock" back, in most cases you should be able to stand up right over the front of the ski before you turn for the gate , without anything sticking.
    Nick Adams is a very good example, he stands tall and sticks his chin forward, very noticable, I initially thought he was looking for a specific point on the course for his turn for the gate, but he told me it just helps him establish good position once he has turned, he repeats it at two and four ball.

    "Keep Moving On & Off The Water”

  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 1,745 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @cacman go to youtube search "wiremill pro slalom" nick adams is one of the earlier skiers, real good video to see what I am on about.

    "Keep Moving On & Off The Water”

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