Ironically the fundamental balancing skills learned in the beginner corral translate to any line, turn size and shape, shape, and snow conditions / steepness.
Edited by justanotherskipro - 8/9/14 at 6:02am
With beginners, do we not work with balance skills that are within their familiar world of gravitational awareness? That is, we work with them on balancing ON their skis. As a ski on edge bends and accelerates into a turn we transition to centripetal balance or balance AGAINST the ski. I don't know if full centripetal balance is obtainable in the beginner coral.
With that in mind, I agree with your position on slow speed learning. It is the transition from gravitational balance to centripetal balance that has to be experienced and a slow skidding to carving turn (I call it a patience turn) is an excellent way to get there and build confidence.
just my 2 cents
I don't know where I inferred "blocking" in my post. It may be just semantics. I can live with the word "on". My point was that there are 2 balance environments..gravitational and centripetal. Blocking occurs when we react to the centrifugal force created as an equal and opposite to the centripetal.
JSAP, I've slept on it and I wanted to get back to you. My use of the word "against" was not semantics, it was wrong. I have often used "on" and "against" to distinguish between gravitational and centripetal balance. In both cases we need to be ON and encouraging the ski not fighting against it. Your motto is "Skiing well starts in you mind" thanks for making me use it!
Balance.....and the title of the thread.
Understanding what balance is the key, body position it the tool to make it happen, the ski's need's are the initiator of the movement. This doesn't matter if you the minute on skis or the best skier in the world.
Side slip drills (and their numerous variations) are the best in get the brain to understand body position for a given input (ski's needs). How this helps a skier is that as skills (learning) progress the body reacts in the best manner given an input to keep balance.
The better the reaction the better the skier.
@james123, when you worked on getting your Level II then your Level III certification, did you get to skip the whole slow-drill thing?
Doing slow drills is a big deal where I come from, and for good reason. I'm curious about this. Your approach to skiing is very different from the Level IIIs I know.
Not to hijack a conversation, but he hasn't responded.
I don't find that I do slow-drills often, either. I could draw up a pie-chart and break it down into neat little percentages of my time spent on the mountain.. but I'll just say that I don't do drills very often.
I've done plenty of drills in learning certain tasks or in clinics, sure.. but very infrequently by comparison to how often I ski. Some of the drills have helped me, and many have been inane, as you would expect.
I do, however, ski with a focus 100% of the time.