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Drills always turbo charge my skiing

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

 

 I have a pair of Elan Phantoms 170cm shaped ski with a very narrow waist aprox 1.75 inches & with a riser plate that causes my boot to sit almost 2 inches above the ski when in binding to allow for the narrow waist. I often switch between this ski & an old straight 195 cm ski.

 

If I have been skiing one of the skis for several days in a row I feel very confident on the ski Iam using but as soon as I switch to the other ski it takes a while to get used to the other ski & I do not feel as confident if I do not do a few drills to get used to the way the skis respond differntly.

 

 If I do some drills i.e., for edging & balance after a few minutes of doing drills Iam used to the other skis & feel so much more confident so much quicker.

 

 

 The start of the day I have also found it is well worth the time to start the day with a few drills.

 

@ the start of the season this year I free skied for 1 run then did 3 full days of nothing but drills. I never tried starting of a season this way & I was totally amazed after the 3 days how my skiing improved compared to the first run of the season.

 

 

 My biggest mistake I have made in the past is failing to understand how drills can make a skier a better skier & I look around & see almost everyone making the same mistake I did.

 

 

post #2 of 6
Can you describe some of your go-to drills?
post #3 of 6

Try putting an Elan on one foot and a straight ski on the other, take a couple runs and then switch feet/skis. That will test your edging and balance. 

 

If you're not periodically getting new go to drills and dropping old ones because they are too easy, then you're not achieving your full potential.

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi 45prior & Rusty ( I was formly powder jet but had to change name because email changed)

 

 

 Rusty never thought of that drill. Since foot sits a lot higher on one ski then the other not sure if it would be similiar to running on an angled edge of a road which puts extra stress on the body. One ski the binding seams too far forward the other too far back so it would be interesting to see what happens ?

 

45prior some of the drills I do are the following, I dont know the names of most of them, I was just creative & or copied from others but Iam sure there are more creative skiers then Iam

If I could not do one of the drills I would try a differnt one & or keep practicing some of the others developing my skills further Then I was able to do the drill.

 

 I actually got the idea of doing drills from Ricks (your ski coach site) & I think he has a lot more experience & knowledge then I do based on his posts & web sight. My ski budget was used up replacing my bindings with knee binding for safety so I still have not got his DVDS yet but I might of talked our ski hill into getting them for next season so I wont have to (but I was able to improve by being creative) &

 

 

I think they are called slide slips

 Skis 90 degrees  to fall line slide down hill

 

 Variations of side slips

 both skis on

 Practice differnt speeds

 stopping starting

standing tall

low position i.e., thighs parrellel to snow

 one ski inside edge

one ski outside edge

 flexing & extending legs

 holding shafts of ski poles horizontal same hieght 90 degrees to fall line  ( for countering skills)

Holding shaft of ski pole extending & flexing legs

 

 

 

 Doing side slips then pointing ski tips to fall line then returning to same side repeating

 Doing side slip then turn skis into fall line & continue to other side so skis are 180 degrees to hill ( both skis & on one ski for variation & or legs extended or flexed)

 

Doing sideslip with legs extended then flex legs as you bring ski tips to face down hill then extend legs as skis turn 90 degrees to the other side. (or can come back to the same side)

 

 

 

Short turns both ski poles planted on same side

One ski turns both poles planted same side

 

 

 

One ski turns on inside ski ( standing tall, flexed position)

One ski turns outside ski

 

 

2 one ski turns in a row then swicth skis repeat

3 one ski turns in a row repeat

 Can use no pole, poles, both poles to one side, poles behind back & wedged directly in front of the elbow with hands forward

 

 

 The charelston ( short turns on inside ski)

 grap ski poles in center  of shaft spin in a circle one way then the other, then around body

 

 

 Turns inside of turns     make short turns well shaping out a large turn

 

 Make turns standing tall

 Make turns in low position

Make turns well flexing & extending legs throughout turn

 

 

 

 360s one ski both directions on ground ( not very good @ yet)

 

 

 

 When switching skis I have found doing a few slideslips makes it quicker to get used to the new ski.

 

  

 

post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by Krazzy Legs View Post

 Rusty never thought of that drill. Since foot sits a lot higher on one ski then the other not sure if it would be similiar to running on an angled edge of a road which puts extra stress on the body. One ski the binding seams too far forward the other too far back so it would be interesting to see what happens ?

 

 

 


Krazzy,

 

Extra stress on the body should not be a concern for people in normal health. It's a drill (i.e. low speeds and low pitch). Just ski easy and see what happens. And make sure you switch feet. 50% get the interesting results after they switch feet.

 

And don't make any comments about the crappy rental department while in the lift line and getting weird looks.

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Rusty,

 

 Thanks for the idea 

 Will have to wait till next year to try it,

 I liked the comment regarding rental gear it was funny

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