So this week I taught two different first time skiers to go from a never ever, wedge to a blue run paralell skier. Both were hockey players. One was an 8 year old boy the other a 22 year old who both played and coached. I'm quite familiar with the fact that if someone is an avid skater (must be hockey skates, young figure skaters don't seem to show this advantage) or hockey player they learn to ski in about 10 minutes tyically. It was nice to have both of these students for a 2 hour private so i could advance them full on to blue run paralell and they both listened and did everything I said, caught on to flattening the ski, pivoting the feet to iniate a turn paralell and keeping the upper body calm, turn and slide down the hill (pivot slip style) using just the feet to turn the ski and letting the edge hold them on the hill through the turns end, and doing a smooth, slid hockey stop.
So what are the similarites between skating and skiing as you see it and could use to explain it to a student when you wanted them to feel something on skis. I use the push off the edge (blade) on flats to get them skating and sliding, the body goes here with the stick while the feet turn around a net (for hockey) to explain independant foot movement and body movement.
What do you who play hockey and ski see as other good learning and explanation correlations for your students?