Oh I'm having fun all right.
The only person I'm competing against is myself, because I want to push myself as hard and far as I possibly can. The reason? I'm going to Japan in Winter 2015, and I want to be as good as possible at that point to be able to enjoy it as much as possible. Yes, it's more fun when you're better, and doubly so in powder.
(Ok I'll admit that I'm competing against my girlfriend's dad who's an intermediate skier - he has a big mouth and there's nothing better than blowing past him on a red run.
And absolutely, I need to ride more. But I live at the south of Sweden and the "season" is over since a long time ago. So I'm itching...
You're bleeding off a lot of speed with each scarving turn.
Indeed. I've noticed it's considerably easier to carve "more properly" on steeper runs. My toe carves are consistently better than my heel carves which is to be expected. My instructor in Val Thorens said I'm a bit too much over my front leg during my heelside turns which makes it hard to keep a proper carve throughout the turn. Also my posture in my upper back sucks, but I'm struggling...
I would say you are shaping up to be a capable rider.
To look smoother and more stylish, try not to throw the board around underneath you as much.
When you initiate the turn, let your upper body flow with the board keeping it nice and quiet and relaxed. Avoid rotating it or bending forward at the waist. Your upper body appears to by slightly rotated forward at most points in the clip. Aim to have your shoulders and hips completely inline with the board at all times.
Also focus on keeping even or slightly forward pressure. Your front leg looks straighter that your rear, keeping your posture symmetrical will help the turn initiate more positively, look more stylish and give you better overall balance. To assist with the even pressure, focus on feeling the pressure on the outsides of BOTH feet. This will place the most pressure on the tip and tail, giving you the control where you need it on the edge. When you feel the pressure on the outsides of your feet like this, it will force you to keep your knees a little out and bent a little.
When on your toe edge, feel your shins press into the tongue of the boot and rotate your hips forward (imagine you are taking a pee and don't want to get any on your boots), rather than bend forward at the waist and go on tip-toes. As you cross over the board your posture should show no obvious movement other than crossing over the board nicely stacked. keep up the good work!
Excellent pointers, thanks a lot! About the upper body alignment thing, the problem is that my neck gets more sore with every consecutive day I ride, and rotating my body is (partially) to relieve my neck muscles a bit. I'm always warming up properly and stretching afterwards, but I don't know what else to do. Anyone?