Pros: Great progression of drills to enhance skills
I have now gone entirely through the first DVD in this series Basic Balance. The 6 DVDs move to very advanced skills, but I have so far only worked on the basics (hence the review title.)
I've been skiing for over 20 years, so it ain't what you think of as basic. The progression of drills on this DVD start with fore/aft balance, then move to lateral balance. If you stick to them (which I finally did) they develop a rock solid foundation that has allowed me to take my skiing to the next level. I found many of them fairly easy to do, but when I got to the ones that I had trouble with I discovered a hole in my skill set that needed filling. A few days on those drills and not only can I ski better on the inside ski, but it carried over immediately to my free skiing. I will definitely be moving on to DVD 2 Basic Edging.
Rick brings his race coaching experience to these DVD's. As a PSIA Instructor I've always been impressed with what race coaches do - partly because they train the same kids for many many days, instead of us that get a lot of one shot lessons. Taking this developmental approach works.
The on camera introduction is a little stiff, Rick is a great coach, but his talking to a video camera is not polished. However his voice overs on the drills - the meat of the DVD's - is fantastic.
I highly recommend these to any skier at any level who has the time to put in to them. There is no quick and easy shortcuts on here, you need to be able to dedicate yourself to the progressions. But if you do - it WILL payoff.
In addition the drill cards are a great addition. I carried them in my jacket pocket and could review them on the lift, making taking notes while watching the DVD's unnecessary.