First, a common theme we try to visit in all clinics whether it is teaching or ski improvement:
■ Directional movements, vision, and pole action are directed toward the desired direction of travel.
■ Fore-aft balance is maintained with pressure distributed appropriately along the length of the ski.
■ Lateral balance and pressure is managed appropriately from outside ski to outside ski.
■ Rotational (guiding) movements of both skis originate in the lower body and are appropriate to the task.
■ Progressive increase and decrease of edge angle occurs with both skis as needed.
■ Flexion and extension movements effectively manage balance and pressure, and help release and engage the edges from turn to turn
The following is an example of topics & brief descriptions for our scheduled on hill clinics during the first few weeks of the season. Of course we also have impromptu sessions both indoors & out, depending on the needs & wants of the particular group:
Week # 1: Early season warm up
This clinic should help to get your stance & balance up to speed to progress through the season. Also, designed to get your teaching & presentation skills up to speed.
* Vertical side slips
* Pivot slips
* Hockey stops
* Balance over the downhill ski in a traverse both directions
* Balance against the outside ski earlier & earlier in the turn & turning on one ski
* Javelin turns
* Skating on the flats
* Balance with a flexed leg on the uphill ski in a traverse, both directions.
* Early weight change to new outside ski & extend into new turn.
* 1000 steps
* Dynamic medium radius turns on easy blue terrain.
Week # 2: Improving wedge turns & general class handling
Utilizing the “Teaching Model”:
Building rapport & trust
* Body of the lesson
This Clinic is designed to help you take your student from their first wedge turns & get them “skill ready” to easily transition on to parallel turns.
* Error detection & correction
* Narrowing the wedge
* Turn shape to control speed
* Blend skills more evenly
* Vary speed
* Different slopes
Week # 3: Games & drills for children
This clinic is a fun, fast paced clinic to help you have some fun activities to do with your children’s classes. Games & drills that are also great skill builders:
* Skiing Switch
* 1000 steps
* 100 hops
* Cat & mouse
* Simon says
* Red light – green light
* Hockey stops
* Target Skiing
* Woop de doos
* Carve a thon
There are many more, be creative & everyone will come up with some great ideas.
Remember if it is fun for kids it is probably fun for adults as well.
Week # 4: Wedge turns to parallel & various turn shapes
Explore how to help our students make the breakthrough to parallel turns & enter the intermediate zone. We will look at the different approaches to getting rid of that stubborn wedge. At the same time we will develop different turn shapes & the skills to open up more of the mountain.
Hope that helps,