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I watch loads of footage of great technical skiers just skiing rather than teaching in the hope that some of it rubs off. If it doesn't then it's still pretty good just to watch.

These are probably my favourites at the moment, though I have been watching JF for a number of years.

Jf Beaulieu 2021 - YouTube

Sun Peaks 2019 - YouTube

MEDIUM CARVING | Paul Lorenz - YouTube

Short turn: Patrick Bätz: LONG-Ski_(FISCHER mastersGS 183cm r23m) - YouTube

Carving turns: Kili Weibel - YouTube


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Anything and everything by Reilly Mcglashan 

Richard Berger (inspiring for the older guys here). 

interski stuff from CSIA

korean, Japanese technical championships 

lately I’ve been watching old ski movies, going all the way back to John Barrymore’s The Last of the Ski Bums (1969 on youtube - check out the Bob Smith segment 30 or 40 mins in-those guys ripped!) and lots of Greg Stump (P-Tex, Lies and Duct Tape, Blizzard of Ahhs). It’s fun to note how little the fundamentals of good skiing have changed, regardless of ski shape, length, construction etc. 

 


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@davea I almost put Reilly in there but to be honest I'm not over keen on the aesthetics of the Japanese or Korean skiing and find him very much in that mold. Paul is just a bit different.

I would like to see more CSIA footage coming through. 

Definitely agree about those guys from the 70s and 80s movies showing great fundamentals that hold true today.


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I know what you mean about the Koreans etc...can be a bit robotic...i forgot to mention this guy:

there’s a few more in the series. I find him just a really fun skier to watch. 

 

 


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Quite a few brilliant skiers to watch on vid. The Australian contingent (McGlashan, Lorenz, Gellie). Others already mentioned including JFB, Luc Neron, Patrik Batz, Richie Berger. And also:

Benni Walsh

Jonathan Ballou

Joshua Duncan-Smith

I really like some of the smooth skiing from Asia, especially Takao Maruyma. Comparing his skiing to others above at Rookies to me he comes over as amongst the best. Such a smooth style when he wants and explosive at will.

  


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@davea Agreed, I love those Marcus Caston videos. He looks like he’s having the most fun!


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@geepers tonnes of great skiing in those Rookies videos.


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I've been cobbling together some videos into specific ski-related playlists for future reference. I have a Bump Skiing playlist and this is one that I tend to watch over again:


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@skinerd I liked the Return of the Turn short. It's kind of refreshing -- getting back to some skiing that's (IMO) often lost in most of the major ski films.

Speaking of major ski films, I did enjoy (Warren Miller's) Future Retro.


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Blind Faith - Whistler Blackcomb - YouTube

While we're talking about skiers that inspire us, take a look at this. Truly inspiring and makes you realise what you can do with incredible determination.


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I am located in a very interesting country of Snow Ninja, Japan, and our SAJ loves Richard BERGER, and every year, we have special technique competition like Whistler Tech Champ or something.
I would say, not only I am Japanese, but Takao Maruyama, he is as sharp as Samurai Sword.

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@skierjohan - watched some of the Japanese Tech Championship through the videos of Paul Lorenz. There's a small group of Australians and New Zealanders who compete in these. I think the skiing is quite sensational especially in the bump section.

If you can explain and help us understand aspects of the competition that would be very useful. When are they holding the next Competition? 


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It's great question. I explain how the competition is, but I have no idea what SAJ focuses on, because every year, they focuses something and next year it's different.

Usually 1st week of March or so is the main one and location is different year by year.

Participation qualification is SAJ 1st grade (I think any L2) or higher, and athletes who have passed the prefectural qualifiers compete for skiing skills and skill. Unlike the alpine race, there is no concept of competing for "time", and unlike the freestyle competition, the difficulty of the technique is not directly reflected in the score. Evaluate various points such as what kind of turn arc is drawn on the set slope and how much the performance of the ski can be brought out, and decide the ranking.

Whereas alpine skiing and moguls compete in limited performance, the technical selection competes in all fields of the slope, from single burns on medium slopes to compound slopes including swells and even bump slopes. It will be a place for.

The snow surface conditions range from hard packs that look like ice burns to those that are performed on rough terrain (cobb slopes) with minimal grooming, and the competition is held in situations similar to the situation where general skiers usually ski. It is also a feature that it is groomed.

Although it is not a competition for the time itself, most of the events are held at an astonishing gliding speed because it is closely related to the quality and speed of the turn. Depending on the event, extremely difficult slopes are set, so it is also a fight against fear for athletes.

To stage the slopes general skiers are enjoying everyday, in every event the skills examiner the judge, the sum of the acquisition point of all events is high person to win. So to speak, it is a tournament that decides the top of the slope skiers.

Currently, it is conducted by a system of 5 trials and 5 recruitment, and each examiner scores 20% of the perfect score as a maximum of 100 points, and competes with the total score. In a word, a high score is given to a player who expresses a rational slide suitable for slope conditions and snow quality in a faster speed dimension.

Regarding the competition event and slope setting, three types of large turn, small turn, and free will be combined in three types of steep slope, general slope, and rough terrain.

Players who have won the preliminary rounds in each district will compete for skiing skills for two days in the preliminary round, the semi-final, the final, and the final super final for five days (2020, 57th tournament) . Qualifying is exempted for the top performers in the previous year's tournament. Only men's 90th tie and women's 30th tie can remain in the final, and all the points from the finals will be totaled, and the player with the highest total score will be the winner.

 

Usually the competetion top 15 or so is National Demonstrater like who goes to Interski.

We have SIA, which is different to SAJ, because SIA is more like ISIA, I feel SAJ mainly forcuses on gloomeres and bumps (bending based short turns). 

Personally, how I ski is all tellaine, all conditions. Powder to bumps.

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@skierjohan - thanks for that info!

Paul Lorenz has said in vids on the event that he has no idea what the judges are looking for. He's said that some of the runs are very steep and once said that in one of the training runs the bumps were some of the biggest and steepest he'd encountered for direct line skiing. Presumably they at least like to see high speeds and plenty of ski performance.

I like that the competition is based around the type of slopes and conditions that everyday skiers are trying to get down and covers different types of skiing. Most other skiing competitions specialise in one type of skiing.

Lorenz has also said that in Japan the snow is usually very soft so the top skiers have developed a style that allows them to ski very quickly in that type of condition.

Looking forward to seeing vids of this year's event - which skiers do you think have a good chance of winning?


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Blind Faith - Whistler Blackcomb - YouTube

While we're talking about skiers that inspire us, take a look at this. Truly inspiring and makes you realise what you can do with incredible determination.

@adrian_hamilton I saw that video about a week ago very inspiring. I had to call Kana to sit down and watch it with me as it brought back a flood of old memories. 21 years ago we skied the Coffin together on our first date. We were gifted with the most amazing powder turns after the chute. I knew then she might be the one:)


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