10 things to shorten the trip from Zero to 32 off

HortonHorton Posts: 24,630 Administrator
edited November 2012 in Classic Threads
1. Ski with someone who runs 6 balls more than you
2. Spend money on pro coaching before spending money on equipment
3. If your ski is more than 5 years old, it is time for a new one. If you can afford to ski, you can afford a new ski.
4. Video yourself skiing
5. Focus on basic technique. Work on one thing at a time for many rides at a time. If your boat crew comments on something different after each pass get ear plugs.
6. Most skiers who do not run 32 off do not have a good “stacked position”. “Stacked” is shoulders over hips and hips over feet. If you are not stacked almost anything else you work on is a waste of time and gas.
a. To be stacked is to have your back leg bent equal to or less than your front. The more you bend your back leg in relation to your front the weaker your position and the more weight is on your back foot. Some pro and elite skiers achieve this with a lot of forward knee bend with both legs. The bottom line is where your hips are in relation to your feet.
b. Personally I try to ski with relatively straight legs because I think it is the easiest way to move my hips over my bindings. 90% of all the coaching I give involves some version of “stand up”, “extend your legs” or “press both feet away from your body through the wakes”. There is nothing more important in skiing at this level than getting in and staying in a stacked position.
7. Set your ski to stock or very near stock settings. Assuming that you are starting at stock, most fin and binding adjustments are a distraction and may mask real issues. If you are not centered on your ski (stacked) then are you adjusting from an incorrect vantage point. Ski adjusting is a science that few skiers at any level really understand.
8. With new bindings you must always measure. The “middle hole” on your bindings may not be even close to the stock setting.
9. Moving your bindings forward will not solve anything for a skier who rides back into the ball. Many stock binding positions are already slightly forward.
10. Don’t over ski. If you ski when you are not strong you are practicing bad habits.

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  • BradyBrady Posts: 1,057 Mega Baller
    edited November 2012
    Excellent @Horton. Please elaborate on number 8. I am not planning on tinkering, but I have to set my new strata bindings to my ski. The shop I bought everything from said they always put the bindings in the same place, regardless of the ski, the size, or the bindings. I asked the question on bos and received the answer about placement, but I don't understand the numbers given there with the exception of the distance between the back of the boot to the back of the ski. .765, 6.850, 2.500, and 29.25boots for instance.

    But again, this was excellent stuff and I thank you for it. Why don't you go ahead and promote that one to the best of page, because that is about as good of advice as I have gotten since coming to this site.
    I ski, therefore I am
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  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,073 Mega Baller
    @Brady you need a new ski shop. There are different distance from tail (dft) measurements for different sizes of tithe same ski never mind different skis. The middle hole on Strada bindings didn't get the right DFT on my HO. the distance between front and rear is more of a preference thing and you don't see public measurements for that.

    @horton great list. I need to find new regular ski partners or at least try to get out a few times a month with the guys on our lake that ski better than me.
    Mark Shaffer
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,761 Mega Baller
    @horton - thanks for that!!! For kicks I went and looked at some old video of myself.....I had to laugh. Terrible! I looked at video from this past summer and it was better, BUT still lots of room for improvement. I can run 28 but not with GREAT consistentcy, so I worked on 22 the majority of my season trying to improve the stacked position. It's getting better, but needs work. Thankful I booked that trip to Coble's!!

    One thing I noticed as I was reviewing video was that my hand was coming back to the handle before the ski came underneath it. While at 22 off is this a big deal? At the shorter line lengths you have more angle of the rope to the buoy, so maybe that is partly the contributor. Too bad its fall/winter. Now I can just dream about it...
    jmvana1Tom Anderson
  • BradyBrady Posts: 1,057 Mega Baller
    @Skoot1123, "dream about it..." while holding your beautiful baby ski in your arms!!!
    I ski, therefore I am
    Dez
  • HortonHorton Posts: 24,630 Administrator
    @skoot1123
    You tell me... does bringing your free had back early impact your stack in any way? Think about this .... You may be surprised what you find if you walk through it.

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  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,750 Mega Baller
    Damn that's some great advice.

    I even followed some of it during my ramp-up years.
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  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,750 Mega Baller
    @Chef23 Definitely join us sometimes.

    Better yet, figure out how to run -39 and then teach me how to do it!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • HortonHorton Posts: 24,630 Administrator
    @ShaneH

    I am hoping that @Skoot1123 will find for himself why bringing his free had back to handle too early at end of offside will kill his stack. Don't tell him.

    @Skoot1123 we are waiting for you to figure it out.

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  • skihartskihart Posts: 376 Baller
    @Horton, great clear advice. The only other thing I would add would be related to handle control, but maybe that is covered in 5. Handle control was my big breakthrough this summer, well that and the new S2 may have helped a little too...
  • HortonHorton Posts: 24,630 Administrator
    after you OWN your stack I think handle control is next but stack stack stack first

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  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,960 Mega Baller
    @Scoot1123 its a big deal. If you are practicing it when you are running longer lengths pretty easy and you get into trouble at shorter lengths your body will go into survival mode. This will result in your body doing what it is most used to and not what you can/want it to do.

    Now think about @Horton's comment on how this will effect your stack. Hint put a handle on something and try it.
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  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,761 Mega Baller
    @horton @MattP @ShaneH - I have been thinking about this - A LOT. I don't think I'm the only one with this question, and the more us lowly skier's know about it, the better. In my opinion the answer is that if you bring your hand to the handle without the ski under the rope (both on and offside), you end up closing your shoulders to the boat. This pulls you forward on the ski AT the WAIST (NOT GOOD), it also leaves your ski behind the path of the handle and will make it very difficult (if not impossible) to get into a stacked position, let alone trying to get speed across the wake, bad angle, which means you overload the rope and go SHOOTING STRAIGHT into the next buoy. But - I want to know the cause!

    Possible causes can be a couple things: not trusting the ski, bad timing of handle release (ie too early), lack of speed carried through the turn. These are the ones I can think of at the moment. For me, I'm not sure which one is the culprit. Perhaps its a combination of all of them!
  • HortonHorton Posts: 24,630 Administrator
    edited November 2012
    @Skoot1123

    This is not about angle. You get better angle this way but it is about your stack.

    Ok stand up and do it again. No need for a rope. You will notice that if your toes turn before your shoulders it is easy to keep your hips under you but if your shoulders turn first your hips get stuck behind you.

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  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 5,838
    edited November 2012
    I don't think of those things as the cause. They are going to happen at times. The cause is that you haven't trained yourself to bring the outside hip back around ahead of the outside shoulder no matter what happens prior. In my opinion the hand coming back early is a byproduct of the skier trying to turn from the bellybutton up instead of from the ankles up. Watch a really, really good skier. Once they're at the apex, they flex their ankles, their knees start to point into the turn, then their outside hip rotates, and finally their shoulders come back around. It leaves em with their knees driving the direction they want to go. But it all starts low. Horton is actually pretty good at this sometimes. :)
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,761 Mega Baller
    @Horton - shoulders turning first. One of my (among many) big problems!

    @ShaneH - spot on. Knees pointing is a good way to think of it (for me). This will in turn keep your upper body quiet. Which really is the most efficient method of going across course as it will allow you to stay in that stacked position.

    @ral - the boat hasn't ripped it out of my hands, but it sure feels like it would.
  • wilecoyotewilecoyote Posts: 156 Baller
    Love #2, boy that goes for every sport! But then you sort of contradict it in #3.

    That being said per #7 where do I find the stock numbers for my CDX? HO doesn't seem to have anything on their site.
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    @Horton -- good thread -- based on my personal experience I'd be better at telling you the 10 (or 20) things NOT to do!
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  • gumpgump Posts: 22 Baller
    @skoot1123,if shoulders turning firstwhen you are at n°1 ,keep your eyes on n°3 and take your handle when n°1 is in your back.
    when you start you cross don't looking for the next buoy (n°2 if you go from n°1),your eyes don't have to see over the line,you will looking for your buoy after the second wake.
    try it it's easy to do and a lot of things will change naturally.
    Skoot1123
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,761 Mega Baller
    @gump - good sound advice, now if I can remember that for the next few months and get it stuck in my head I'll be good to go! Thanks.
    Shortenit
  • HipsupHipsup Posts: 50 Baller
    The trouble with slalom is that most of the time what you think you are doing or what you think you see other skiers doing is often wrong. The old cause and effect conundrum!
    Take the issue of getting stacked. For me, trying to flex my ankles or straighten my back leg or trying to push my hips up or stand tall - just don't work. I just end up pushing on the ski even more.
    If you think about it, you can't do any of the above if you don't move your hips forward in the direction of travel first. You can't flex your ankles if your weight isn't in front of your feet- I believe that's why guys like Marcus always bang on about all movements starting with the c.o.m (hips) - you just can't do it any other way.
    I think that's also why they promote swinging/sliding the hips in towards the wake at the apex with the inside hip leading and thereafter trailing arm pressure. A turn with no rotation is the best way of moving the hips forward in the direction of travel on the inside/turning edge of the ski. If you move the outside hip around you are just putting weight on the high side of the ski or falling away from the handle.
    If you start all movements with the hips then you can stay close to the handle and on the inside of the arc - if you do this the theory is you will naturally be stacked, with weight over your ski and ankles flexed. Cause and effect!
    WishgregyRLW
  • GaryWilkinsonGaryWilkinson Posts: 276 Baller
    Getting stacked or in a proper leverage position changed my skiing life last year ans I gotta lot'o years under me. I went out after I read Than's article 10 times and really started to get aligned body wise during the cut and crossing the wake phase..

    Huge difference! The thing that made the most difference in convincing me to reexamine my position was in 1 thread, someone (might have been you Than) said that you can have a not-so-great turn and with a good position in the white water make it fine to the next buoy, but the opposite is not true, crappy position with great turn means you're in trouble and falling behind in the course.

    So tremendous advice, get stacked. Made my 28's and -32's much better!
    I need to ski back to the handle obviously.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,750 Mega Baller
    That quote sorta was me, but that originally came from @MikeT. Was a key part of his philosophy as he was trying to get me from awful to decent!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • ralral Posts: 1,677 Mega Baller
    @Skoot1123, not from your hands (plural), which is what you get when you hook up early and your ski does not finish the turn and gets behind you, but from your hand (singular), which would be what happens if you were really late in hooking up and the boat would get you before your free hand is in the handle.
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  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,177 Mega Baller
    Just for clarity, having the "ski" a bit behind you as you hook-up is not the same thing as leaving your "hips" behind you. Leaving your hips behind is always bad. If your hips are stacked or even a little ahead, it can be good if the ski is a bit behind at the hook-up as long as it accelerates past you into the edge change.
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  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,038 Baller
    Add trick skiing to the mix. The balance and control helps my slalom.
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,038 Baller
    Bent soft knees around the turns..
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 5,838
    I think you have to be careful saying bent, soft knees. From what I've seen, if you tell bent, soft knees anywhere to a 15-28 off skier they will typically squat and drop their butt back.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

    Skoot1123
  • HortonHorton Posts: 24,630 Administrator
    edited November 2012
    @ShaneH I agree 100% - I am always telling skiers to ski with straight legs. I do not really expect anyone to really get both legs totally straight. I expect that in the act of trying to get straighter legs the skier will be more centered.

    Trying to bend your knees usually means ass back. I watched video of myself skiing yesterday and my knees are too bent and my ass is draggin. (Stupid to take video in November after not skiing for a few weeks)

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