One of the issues I notice among level 3 candidates is problems with a clean transition. I've been thinking about a way to practice releasing into a balanced position over the new outside ski. I wonder if the up-and-over turn could help skiers clean up their transitions. Here's how I think of the movements:
- Through the end of the turn before transition, balance over the outside ski. The inside ski is in the air.
- As you near the transition, place your inside ski on the snow. Lift your outside ski.
- Through the transition, roll the ski onto its new edge. Ride through the arc on the edge until you approach the end of the turn.
What this accomplishes:
Early balance over the new outside ski
Clean release into the new arc
Test of balance in all planes
Why it's good:
Skier gets obvious feedback as to whether they're releasing effectively
Skier gets immediate feedback on balance in all planes based on free ski position and success at drill
Skier gets feedback on stance-related issues (e.g. rocketing too fast, or unable to turn)
Why it might be considered "not good":
In good skiing, your inside ski is engaged and helping to steer. (Remember: this is an exercise.)
Might be too difficult for weak level 3 candidates. (In this case, simplify to one foot carved turns with inside ski tip touching snow.)
Potential ways to mess up this exercise:
Skier just balances from outside ski to outside ski
Skier does the exercise backwards, and links inside ski turns