Originally Posted by levy1
Those drills look great and I would appreciate any additional info. I am really looking to improving my skiing this year.
Airplane - Do the bulk of the tipping at the waist, don't do it with just moving the arms. Torso/shoulders tip as a unit. Wings tip away from the turn, opposite from what an airplane would do. Tipping starts at the start of the turn, the change of which way the wings are tipping happening in the transition between turns.
Pole touch - Poles extend at approx 45 degrees to the gound, with tips of poles always in contact with the snow. Reach as far to the outside of the turn with your outside pole as you can. In this picture it's my left arm/pole I'm reaching with. The further you reach, the more you angulate.
Level Poles - Poles remain perpendicular to the torso. You keep the poles level to the snow by keeping your torso upright. Letting the torso tip while keeping the poles level to the snow by moving the hands and arms is a drill execution failure.
Schlopy - Outside hand placed on hip, pushes pelvis into the turn, in this picture I'm pushing my pelvis to the right of my skis. Inside hand and arm are held high and pushed forward, bringing the entire right side of your body forward with them. This drill introduces something called counter, which is the turning of the pelvis towards the outside of the turn, which helps a skier angulate more strongly, and other good things.
All these drills are explained in detail, with slow motion video, and are introduce at a strategic point in the learning cycle, in my Building Blocks DVD instructional series.