Originally Posted by Metaphor_
I notice in freeskiing that by focusing on tipping the inside ski, I get much shorter radius turns. I do not get the same edge performance when focusing on tipping the outside ski, or when focusing on tipping both skis.
I haven't seen this tactic used often outside of PMTS. (that's simply been my experience.)
For other instructors: what are your experiences with teaching tipping the inside ski as a tactic to develop steering?
I have done this with British teenagers whom I get as beginners for three days. It works well.
Once they are making wedge turns (still shaky), I have them add one little thing to their turns...
"Go bowlegged" with the new inside ski.
aka, "go bowlegged with left leg to go left." That helps, and some can do it but not all of them.
Then I add the topper: pull that bowlegged foot back as you go bowlegged.
We try it stationary, then off they go trying it one at a time.
The first kid to try last year spun around 360 degrees.
I told the others to pull that foot back gently.
Once they start pulling the foot back, the ones who couldn't go bowlegged can.
I suspect if I had them "close" the foot, it would even be easier. But I'm not going to have them do that.
Deep PMTS territory here....