There is a discussion of the Falling Leaf drill going on in another thread. Maybe it would be good if we continued it here.
The issue seems to be, oddly, how to do the drill. When I learned the drill in training, it went like this:
1. sideslip straight down the hill at a constant speed; edging remains constant throughout the drill
2. move body forward over shovels by closing the ankles without changing edge angles; do nothing else
3. weighted shovels will gradually turn to point down the hill under the influence of gravity
4. sideslipping skis will slip diagonally forward as a result
5. move body back over the tails by opening the ankles without changing edge angles; do nothing else
6. weighted tails will gradually turn top point down the hill under the influence of gravity
7. skis will gradually slip diagonally backwards as a result
8. repeat forwards, repeat backwards, maintaining constant downhill speed, by only opining and closing ankles
9. slipping skis will move diagonally down the hill rhythmically, as a leaf falls
10. feel and recognize the effect of fore-aft movement at the ankles on the direction the skis point
11. do the exact same thing by gently pulling the feet back or gently pushing them forward; this is a little different focus but works the same
People are discussing different ways to do this drill.
How do you do Falling Leaf?
When do you use it in your instruction?
What do you want your students to learn from it?