Originally Posted by GettingThere
Razie - any drills for "teaching" angulation or does it "happen" based on doing other things right? I agree he looks back seat. I will try to get some free skiing video and post that up. thanks.
no, it doesn't really happen automatically - I would teach angulation/separation directly, especially at that age group.
in terms of drills, the classic is the picture frame: keep the poles upright from the middle of them, in front of you and frame the lift house or something and keep it there - works on both angulation and separation.
my favorite is to keep the poles in front of him, horizontal and do not let them lean on any side.
also, outside boot touches, with the inside hand though pointing to the outside, not the inside
... anything that gets him to break at the hip
Here's a great resource for you: http://www.skismarts.com/problems.htm although the drills are explained in "adult language"...
I'm not that big on drills though - just tell him constantly that he has to read what is written on the bases of his skis, during those drills - that should send him the right message: tip the skis one way and the upper body the other
My younger son just started angulating/separating, and thus trusting the outside ski now, in his 2nd year of training, at 10. you'll hear me being happy about it in this vid (low quality) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KziMyQqNhns - note as he passes by me the same approximate position and hand issues as yours - keep working on those hands :)