Tomorrow I may be instructing an ex NFL quarterback in his second attempt at skiing. His first attempt was a bit awkward due to his very high center of gravity. He was having major balance difficulties. Today I had a similar experience with a 6' 4" student who struggled throughout the group lesson with balance. An hour or so after the lesson, I saw him sliding down the hill in much greater control than he had accomplished in the lesson by bending over at the waist and almost skiing in a race tuck position. (well, as much as a large beginner with balance problems could accomplish in a wedge). It stabilized him quite a bit. Does it make sense to try to ski with a lower center of gravity at beginner level for someone with major balance issues at the obvious cost of not starting with good form? Are there any tricks to help very tall people get going on the mountain (well, hill in our case) while they are developing the kind of balance needed for their special case?
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12/30/04 at 2:35pm