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Drills to work up to one footed skiing?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi epic skiers,
I recently took some lessons and my instructor left me with 2 drills to work up to, one is lifting the inside ski and two is the entirely one footed skiing. I am now able to lift the inside ski and ski only on the outside ski and can do it ad infinitum but I am not able to do the 2nd drill. It appears I am not able to balance on the outside edge of either ski only on the inside edges. If I force it, I pretty much instantly fall over. Is there some intermediate drill I can do to develop that balance before I move onto entirely single footed skiing? And as an aside what is the benefit of doing these drills.

Thanks
post #2 of 13
Make certain you have stability from keeping the shins on the cuffs of the boots.

Try stepping up out of a traverse across the slope (be aware of downhill traffic above you).

Then try traversing on the uphill edge of the uphill foot.

Gradually increase the steepness of the traverses on the uphill foot.

Try doing a forward sideslip on the uphill edge.

Try making "tracer turns" where the weight remains on one foot and the other ski just skims along on the snow in both directions.

Stand some place like the inside corner of kitchen cabinets and practice rolling onto the outside edges of your feet.
post #3 of 13

Good stuff from Kneale.

 

There are several benefits that I see to being able to ski on one foot-

 

Overall balance

Ability to stay up/recover if you get thrown to your inside ski

Improved ability to lead with/get onto your little toe edge (inability to do this can lead to A-Framing)

Ability to make a white pass turn

The best two footed skiers seem to be able to ski well on one foot, so there must be something to it.

post #4 of 13

It's also useful to work on balance when not on skis.  For instance:

 

 

Have you ever worked with a BOSU?

 

 

post #5 of 13

Bosu are evil.

 

Burpess on a bosu even more so.

 

It's amazing just how such a simple, dorky little tool can really help.  It's shocking the first time you encounter one.  =)

post #6 of 13

Do you understand angulation?  This is a slight bend at the waist to balance over the ski.  You need to twist from the hips & body toward the outside of the turn (twist left on a right turn) to facilitate the angulation.  This is called counter.  Do not push the inside foot forward.

 

So...you will need more angulation to balance on the outside edge of your inside ski.  It can be done by leaning toward the hill, but that is harder to do as well as poor practice.

 

Skiing on the outside edge of the inside ski is important for those times when an evil bump in the snow throws you off balance.  You can ride that edge until you get composed and back on the inside edge of the outside ski.

post #7 of 13
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Do you understand angulation?  This is a slight bend at the waist to balance over the ski.  You need to twist from the hips & body toward the outside of the turn (twist left on a right turn) to facilitate the angulation.  This is called counter.  Do not push the inside foot forward.

 

So...you will need more angulation to balance on the outside edge of your inside ski.  It can be done by leaning toward the hill, but that is harder to do as well as poor practice.

 

Skiing on the outside edge of the inside ski is important for those times when an evil bump in the snow throws you off balance.  You can ride that edge until you get composed and back on the inside edge of the outside ski.

Appreciate the input, but keep in mind that this thread is in the Beginner Zone.  Terms like "angulation" and "counter" are pretty hard to understand for beginners and intermediates unless it's being discussed in person with an instructor who can demonstrate related actions.

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
thanks for all the great info, looking forward to trying out those drills. Also, I have a wobble board but not the Bosu ball, will that have similar effects?
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by kalendae View Post

thanks for all the great info, looking forward to trying out those drills. Also, I have a wobble board but not the Bosu ball, will that have similar effects?

Yes, a wobble board let's you improve balance in the same way as a BOSU.  Look around on YouTube for training ideas related to using a BOSU or wobble board.

 

Have you ever heard of the SkiA Sweetspot?  A training aid that you use when wearing ski boots.  Really helps to learn what it feels like to be balanced fore/aft.  There used to be an EpicSki discount but I'm not sure they are still offering it.  I bought it as part of knee rehab.  Found it pretty useful.

post #10 of 13

Here are a few to try.  They walk you through the steps to get to each drill.  These are from a series of videos called 12 Steps to Ski Like a Pro.  

 

In addition to these, look into the White Pass turn.  

 

You can also start by making a traverse across the hill.  Start standing on both feet, then lift your downhill ski.  Ride the uphill ski across the hill.  When you run out of space, put your downhill ski down, make a normal turn, and once you finish your turn, continue your traverse by picking up your downhill ski and riding the uphill ski across.  

 

 

 

I like this one because if you get good at it, it looks really funky, Its a real head turner.

 

 

post #11 of 13

Those video drills are not for beginners.

Beware of that last one; it puts you in danger of a snapped ACL big time.  

post #12 of 13
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Those video drills are not for beginners.

Beware of that last one; it puts you in danger of a snapped ACL big time.  

This is true, but skiing on your uphill ski isn't really a beginner level task is it?  I posted them because they do walk you through several steps to get to the actual drill.  

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

Those video drills are not for beginners.

Beware of that last one; it puts you in danger of a snapped ACL big time.  

This is true, but skiing on your uphill ski isn't really a beginner level task is it?  I posted them because they do walk you through several steps to get to the actual drill.  

@TreeFiter : please keep in mind that this thread is in the Beginner Zone.  While some of the advice and topics are obviously applicable to intermediates, the idea is to keep things simple so that beginners do not get overwhelmed.

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