In another thread there is a long discussion about developing expert level fundamentals, without coaching, by pushing yourself and skiing challenging terrain. It may work for a few lucky athletic skiers that are exceptionally gifted. But in a general sense that approach won't work. There are few skiers that spend more time on the snow pushing themselves as hard as possible as the very competitive junior alpine racers that hope to to make the US Ski Team or ski at the D1 college level. If this exceptionally motivated group of skiers can't do it without coaching then who can?
The first task of the project was to identify the six fundamentals of slalom skiing: balance and position, outside ski to outside ski (independent feet), upper body stabilization, early lower leg activation, snow contact, and pole plant.
“The pole plant was something that was emphasized a couple years ago, and we are going better with that. More kids know how to pole plant. Not everybody, but we’re making progress there,” noted Rearick. “But we need to be in much better balance on the skis. That’s the foundation. If you don’t have that, the rest doesn’t make any sense. And upper body stabilization is the one that here we’ve re-identified that there is slight separation. There’s too much of the concept of following your skis, and we’ve lost this upper body stability… to be able to do it in any condition and at any time.”