I recently found some videos at this Norwegian site:
On several of the videos the skier is training in a slalom course using very short sawn-off poles. I'm interested to hear if anybody on this forum has used this method and what the perceived advantages are.
I have also occasionally seen younger racers using (in training) a customized single ski pole with a grip and hand guard at each end. I can see some advantages of this when stepping up to full-length gates from stubbies (skier can*t easily stretch the outside hand across to clear the gate, which causes over-rotation) and having a pole across the body can give a nervous skier more confidence. It also helps keep the hands and shoulders horizontal.
Since I have plenty of old and bent poles lying around I was thinking to get a saw out, make a set of each and try them out. Maybe I can make something useful out of some junk! Any ideas or things to think about?