I would like to compare my ideas with those of you who are interested about

progression in teaching skiers. A group of skiers that often challenges me is the group of those who can ski open parallel. In general with wedge christie or parallel skiers I have ideas and drills to show them. But the group above is a little bit harder, at least for me, to really figure out. The issue is that, at least in my experience, here you find those who can quickly make it to the next step and you find those who get sort of stuck here for a while and I am always left with the doubt about whether it is the skier or the teacher the real "culprit".

Let's assume that we have a student or some students all capable of open parallel skiing.

What would be good sequences (drills, back-up drills) to help these skiers perform the following:

1. center stance and balance on both skis;

2. guide both skis into and throughout the turn, i.e. two footed steering;

3. move the center of mass into the direction of the turn;

4. extension and flexion;

5. pressure feet to work the entire ski;

6. progressively edge and create the proper angles with joints?

I can think of these basic elements. Of course there are other issues but, in my opinion, they could be the by-product of problems with the 1-6 above.

If you have other, let's call them, fundamental drills to add to my short list, you are more than welcome.

For example, let's look at 1. Moving diagonally on a relative flat slope, we could ask the students to make jumps. This will require them to get re-centered each time to be able to produce any functional vertical jump and balance to avoid landing in ackward positions and/or be able to ski after the landing without gross movements.

Maybe you disagree this is a good way to exercise the student balance, then please correct me. But, now comes my first doubts. How do we progress from here to increase their feeling for balance and stance?

- traverse on one ski at a time (downhill first, uphill ski later)?

- draw a line or use some slalom poles on the ground and ask them while they ski down to step on skis back and forth over the slalom poles?

Are leapers to be used at this level of skiers?

Let's start from here and see what you can suggest also about 2-6, otherwise I will write a book..

progression in teaching skiers. A group of skiers that often challenges me is the group of those who can ski open parallel. In general with wedge christie or parallel skiers I have ideas and drills to show them. But the group above is a little bit harder, at least for me, to really figure out. The issue is that, at least in my experience, here you find those who can quickly make it to the next step and you find those who get sort of stuck here for a while and I am always left with the doubt about whether it is the skier or the teacher the real "culprit".

Let's assume that we have a student or some students all capable of open parallel skiing.

What would be good sequences (drills, back-up drills) to help these skiers perform the following:

1. center stance and balance on both skis;

2. guide both skis into and throughout the turn, i.e. two footed steering;

3. move the center of mass into the direction of the turn;

4. extension and flexion;

5. pressure feet to work the entire ski;

6. progressively edge and create the proper angles with joints?

I can think of these basic elements. Of course there are other issues but, in my opinion, they could be the by-product of problems with the 1-6 above.

If you have other, let's call them, fundamental drills to add to my short list, you are more than welcome.

For example, let's look at 1. Moving diagonally on a relative flat slope, we could ask the students to make jumps. This will require them to get re-centered each time to be able to produce any functional vertical jump and balance to avoid landing in ackward positions and/or be able to ski after the landing without gross movements.

Maybe you disagree this is a good way to exercise the student balance, then please correct me. But, now comes my first doubts. How do we progress from here to increase their feeling for balance and stance?

- traverse on one ski at a time (downhill first, uphill ski later)?

- draw a line or use some slalom poles on the ground and ask them while they ski down to step on skis back and forth over the slalom poles?

Are leapers to be used at this level of skiers?

Let's start from here and see what you can suggest also about 2-6, otherwise I will write a book..