HI Blizzard. Start with basic edging skill development drills. Sideslipping at various speeds, engage release sideslips, falling leafs, engage release traverses, garlands, 180 sideslips, pivot slips, back sliders, 180s, 360s, that type of thing. Follow up with traverses that turn uphill to a stop using various skid angles. Have student check the track to ensure the proper amount of skid for each variation. Progressively increase the angle of the traverse. Straight runs doing the same thing, then full turns of various skid angles. Next work on changing skid angle mid turn, stressing the importance of not letting the change in skid angle affect turn shape. Pair up, lead skier picks a skid angle, and varies it when desired, and following skier has to stay right in lead skiers track, while always maintaining a set distance between himself and lead skier. Requires mastery of simultaneous use of skid angle and edge angle skills. Then take these newly developed skills to steeper terrain and help the students get comfortable with non pivoted rounder turns of a larger radius through the use of skid angle skills. A large skid angle (wide track steering) shows them they can ski those turn shapes on the steeps in total comfort. First half of turn small skid angle and second half large skid angle shows them they can enjoy the acceleration phase through the top half of a non pivoted turn, yet shut down the speed at any moment they want. Confidence inspiring. Starting turn with a large skid angle for first half, then small skid angle for second half shows them how turn shape will slow them down, even with a small skid angle, but that they can also bleed speed for the start of the new turn if they really want to. That progression provides them with the knowledge of the skills they have at their disposal which allows them the confidence to venture to try skiing a complete non pivoted, large radius turn using a small skid angle for the entire turn, and in doing so finally come to experience the roller coaster sensation that higher skilled skiers discover and find so addictive and fun. It's at that point the speed they feel comfortable skiing at spikes up, and an ear to ear smile appears on their face.
Edited by Rick - 3/27/15 at 7:08pm