Originally Posted by epic
Pictures from Sunday's first run. Same course, new year.
This was a pretty decent run. Got on the podium. Based on these photos what would you have coached for the 2nd run? What about long term?
Lots of good stuff here...but this is a classic case of a skier skipping "Phase 2". Skier tipped in, before establishing a platform, as such the skier is caught inside with the outside ski tracking away. This is slow, with poor lateral balance (disaster on icy or technical courses).
To improve, she needs to "establish the platform" after leaving skis flat...or put another way, get balanced on the over the outside ski...then pronate the foot to engage the edge....balance over the outside ski, pronate the foot to engage the edge....balance over the outside ski, pronate the foot to engage the edge...repeat.
If some pivoting is required to make the desired line, this pivoting should also occour in phase 2...same as above thou...establish the platform (which may be at some angle to the direction of travel), pronate the foot to engage the edge.
Delay turns - perfect for this. A delay turn just draws out phase 2, so the skier has lots of time to feel it, and get it right, as the skier gets better the phase 2 gets shorter in duration. Keep the skill, hide the drill.