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Based on the suggestions of several readers here, I am posting several common intermediate problems and potential exercises that might help the hypothetical student. Any additional exercises or critiques of my exercises would be welcome. Do any of these seem inappropriate or better suited than the others? Thanks.

1.Student A has mastered the wedge Christie and would like to move onto full parallel skiing. However, student A has problems narrowing his stance and actively steering the inside leg. Suggestions?
a. Narrow wedge stance and increase speed for spontaneous match
b.Do light tapping of inside leg (& combine with steering while tapping)
c.Go to very easy terrain, do a light traverse and demonstrate how the inside leg begins to tip and roll just like it did in a wedge position. Demonstrate from a parallel stance going in traverse how the inside leg tips and rolls to start the turn, letting the turn start. Let students try.
d.If these students have a hard time tipping and rolling; let them try 1,000 steps and step across the fall line for a safer and easier turn initiation. This roots inside leg initiation in an easier exercise.
e.Next, switch to patience turns or forward sideslips, letting the skis come naturally around in full parallel format.

2.Student B uses a basic parallel turn most of the time for skiing. However, he is having difficulties engaging his edges. He’d like to experience carving sensations more. Suggestions?
a.The student needs to work on sensations of edging.
b.Practicing a sideslip or traverse would help in this regard.
c.Pairing up students and having them pull on the poles of the uphill student will teach edging and angulation to the uphill student.
d.Go to the base of the hill or mountain, remove skis, lean against wall to demonstrate angulation and increased edging. Allow student the opportunity to feel it as well.
e.Skating in a traverse on gentle terrain will teach edging skills.

3. Student C uses a basic parallel turn for skiing. Yet, he has problems with his pressure control and seems to be leaning back in his boots whenever he goes beyond green runs. Suggestions?
a.Practice a stationary exercise of feeling the boot press against the student’s shin.
b.Practice getting out of the skis, jumping up and down, and finding a natural stance.
c.Encourage increased hand placement in front of body.
d.Practice falling leaf with student to work on pressure control and fore-aft pressure distribution.

4.Student D would like to practice short radius parallel turns. Yet, student has problems initiating quick turns and maintaining a quick tempo. Suggestions?
a. Practice pivot slip on somewhat steep terrain.
b.Practice hop jumps.
c.Encourage active planting of pole in these turns; increased counter
d.Practice with student

5.Student E would like to learn how to ski basic bumps so he can explore them more in the future. Student has balance issues with the bumps and fear of “where to go next” in the bumps. Suggestions?
a. Do traverses across the bumps and only let lower body absorb the bumps.
b. Practice hockey stop/slide on non-bump area.
c. Demonstrate to student that the top of the bump is the start of a new turn where we can practice hockey slides at. Plant pole on top of bump and turn, slide down into trough. Practice one at a time.
d. Discuss tactics and picking a line through the bumps w/ student.
e.Practice on 2…3…4, etc bumps to get student familiar and comfortable with them.

6.Student F would like to use his poles. Suggestions.
a. Stationary wrist flicks, demonstrate minimal arm movement.
b. Traverse with wrist flicks.
c. Traverse with 1.2.3 and on 3 do pole swing and touch and turn. Traverse again and turn on 1.2.3.
d. Discuss touch and extend into direction of new turn to help anchor thoughts of moving diagonally and laterally into new turn.