Originally Posted by denyadog
To z the turn they have to stiffen the outside leg, which makes it hard to release edge. I think thousand steps would prevent this and also make it clear what desired turn shape is.
Also, if they are making this defensive type manouver they are probably on too challenging terrain. Dial it back.
As a lowly level one, I'd like feedback on the wisdom of these choices.
Typically "Z" turns are made with little or no edge but an edge set. Quick start or poor ski finish, skid finish if you will, causing a one two move to get out of the back seat and initiate.
Changing terrain to something less defensive could be a great move. Typically upper level skiers do not want to ski on "learning" terrain, ego is in their way. Many instructors have a fear of taking this level of skier to "learning" terrain.
Compromise and take them both places and "sell" the value of learning on terrain that seems beneath them.
Stepping has great value for balance, edging, and actually understanding carrying the turn into "the future" or movment into the turn to completeing the shape. I believe there are better ways to teach rotary. Yes, we do ski with rotary or the turn is the product of sidecut and pressure to decamber the ski only.
Another possibility is to have the student complete their turn almost to a stall. It is amazing what happens when they gain a control of their turn they never had before. Simply have the student complete each turn with tips of both skiis directed more up hill.
Is it the start or the finish or is it chicken and egg? So many possibilities unless you are there!
Have a good day!