I started this thread looking for input and folks thoughts on this subject. I am a big fundamentals type of guy. I'm also a believer in focused and organized practice. I believe that with organized practice one can progress faster than by approaching skiing improvement in a more haphazard manner. I have a friend, a Jet Blue captain, who I work with on his skiing and he works with me on my flying. I would call my friend a level 8 skier. At coffee today we were talking about things for me to practice while flying and of course we talked about skiing. I gave a little thought to my approach with my friend. I remember reading a number of years ago about one of the top skiers on the world cup skiing several runs per day where in each run he focused on only one of the several things he was working on that season. When I got home I put together a little training schedule for Andy and this is what I came up with.
Balancing LTE /BTE traverses
One ski skiing
Schlopy exercises and variations of /outside boot touch strong inside hand etc (angulation/upper-lower body separation)
Foot pull back garland traverses/ boot touch flexion releases (fore-aft /flexion -extension work)
RR track traverses and downhill edge traverses (edging)
Straight run flex inside leg to initiate turn/ straight run and tip inside leg to create turn/ straight run and flex and tip to create turn.
My thought is that if my friend spends one run on each of these exercises he will have a focused plan for improvement. On a relatively short trail with lift rides included, this training could be accomplished in 30 to 40 minutes per day. The exercises can be modified or changed based on his response and progress. My thinking is that I have given my friend several exercises that touch on balancing as well as fundamental movements for each of the three planes of motion. What do you think? Is there a better way? YM
There is a rule of 3 for effective improvement (or 3x10). Three repetitions at 10 minute intervals. In skiing that's about a lift ride - so work on a specific item for at least 3 runs, not just one run. If needed, shorten the number of items per day. I would say a day or weekend could have no more than a major goal and a minor goal maybe, approached via a number of drills and focused skiing.
Even if you're working on only a specific skill or movement, there are many ways to approach it and road blocks often need to be cleared by shifting attention to related skills/movements. A keen coach's eye is helpful.