I'd like some input on a good next step to progress my child in his skiing. He is 9 years old, started skiing last season. We went out a total of 3 days last season, have skied 5 so far this season and heading out for another day this weekend.
My son is a very safe and reserved kid, and my approach with him thus far has been to get him to build his confidence up. To this end, he never learned to ski the snow plow. Instead, I started him with turns: turn, turn, turn to control his speed when he needs to. I think that this has been effective, to a point. He has developed a lot more confidence in knowing that he can get down the tough spots by zigging and zagging, but he has also developed the ability to ski with speed and control down the less steep portions of the runs. It has been great to see him build the confidence to be able to select an intermediate run (yes, it's our small local hill, but still...) and enjoy it.
I have been watching video of him, and thinking that it's time to progress him a bit more in technique. His turns are predominantly what I would describe as "shoulder-led smears." He tends to turn his entire body together and smear the back end of his skis through the turn. I'm thinking that a next step would be to get him working on tipping his skis on edge and keeping his upper body stable: hands forward, facing forward.
Any thoughts or recommendations on this? Good ways to get him working on this? Or am I off the mark and should I go another way? He is game for trying to improve his abilities, and we're ready to spend a good chunk of time cruising the green lines working on some of these things. I'd really appreciate any help or recommendations that the epic community has for us. I fully expect some comments on getting him formal lessons: I'm planning for that to start us out next season, but probably not until then.