Alex Slalom Summer Training Tignes

Alex on very sticky snow – dealing with a late start to the day where the fresh snow was heating up. Normally Alex has a hard time transitioning from plastic slopes to snow but today only the very first run in the poles was problematic and he quickly snapped back into focusing on his technical skiing.We didn’t have a lot of time in the poles so the aim was just to focus on strengthening technique – specifically regarding being able to pressure the fronts of the skis and deepen angulation along with this as the turn progressed – so as not to be pitched over the fronts of the skis. Alex has a tendency to try to stand on the outside edge of his inside ski – which causes the outside hip to lose angulation. We worked on this issue with static exercises.

During the runs you can see that timing is a bit off. After the second turn there is a dip prior to coming up for the turn. The previous turn should have been completed with an up motion – so we will have to look carefully at this tomorrow. There is a tendency to come up (unweighting) to throw the skis outwards – which loses pressure. There is excessive rotation on the right side – but all of the issues mentioned are connected so tomorrow we will continue using the 14 brush gates and try to improve the movement pattern – taking it into the long gates. When the technical skiing is corrected then hitting the poles should not provoke any problems.

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