Originally Posted by Peter5
Skiing in the northeast. I've got around so I would say national average medium blue trail level of difficulty. For 2 years he did the magic carpet then last year after a private lesson and skiing an afternoon with my friend who used to be an instructor he got the hang of it. He is not just flying down the hill; he can turn and stop at will. He took a lesson earlier this year and the instructor said he should not be skiing that way anymore but he did not come out of the lesson with much more interest in turning.
I gather that he likes feeling the wind in his ears, loves speed, and is fine with a straight run.
Sounds like the issue is to get him to want to turn, and to find turning FUN.
Can he do a hockey stop? That's fun, and it involves turning the skis dramatically. See how much snow he can spray.
Can he ski backwards in a wedge? If not, teach him to do that on low pitch terrain.
Have him get in a backwards wedge, slide straight downhill, flex one knee and see what happens.
Flex alternating knees and he'll have linked turns going backwards. He'll also do a few 180s by accident... FUN!
So then you can work on intentional 180s, and eventually 360s.
If there is a race course set up anywhere on the hill, get him in that.
The idea is to make turning fun, so he'll develop the skill and use it.
Until he is willing to turn on his own, make him follow you. It's dangerous otherwise for him and those below him.