Lesson with CASI Level 4...
Spent almost 2 hours with this guy today.
We worked on stance/alignment, steeps & moguls, and carving...
Probably a bit too much for one day, but as this is my first season and today was my 18th day on snow I wanted him to watch me ride and in different situations. We only worked on carving for the last 30 minutes or so.
Unfortunately all I really got from this was what I need to work on.
I should ride more "cowboy" for independent leg extension and stability on steeps and bumps. That and I tend to slouch over or lean forward too much and I need to stand up chest out. I also ride too "open" toe side.
I need to get out of the back seat and shift my pivot point to my front foot/nose to avoid too much speed and turn more quickly. He basically had me trying to throw my arm to initiate my turn while pivoting on my front foot while I wiper with my rear.
As for the carving, I improved a little but we were on a mellow green with 4 - 6" of fresh and it was really tough to dig a narrow trench. He had me grabbing indie heel side and reaching back with both hands (chest way out) toe side. It felt awkward as hell but he said it was helping.
I think a little more speed would have helped.
In any event, anyone have any thoughts regarding my list of "challenges"? He said something about using a bamboo staff to correct my open toe side stance? That would be a next lesson kind of thing.
Basically I need to improve my alignment and get out of the back seat. Pretty standard problems from what I understand. Any good vids, drills, techniques to help with these 2 specific issues?