edge release, etc[quote=RicB]Alot of good suggestions here. What I find is that there is nothing any better than introducing a little movement in the ankles, knees and hips to help get a skier to parallel and flowing from turn to turn better. My two favorites are the movements a person would use to shoot a basket ball from a flat footed position, and simple breathing exercises. Breath in as you get taller in the ankles, knees, and hips, to begin the turn and exhale as your relax into lower stance as you finish. the other basketball exercise is to slowly shoot the basketball as you start the turn and then relax down slowly to shoot to start the next turn.
Great analogy RicB! I am new to posting, but will take a stab at it anyway. Im going for level 2 teaching in March (PSIA-E). I had a lesson this weekend with a mom who was getting back into skiing to keep up with her kids and husband but was very cautious in her approach to any terrain outside her comfort zone. She was a good wedge christie turner and had good balance overall. She was very well aquainted with traditional skis and needed updating. She was definitely a thinker, then a seer, then a doer. anyway, we worked on getting used to the (new) shaped skis and played around with both sideslipping and railroad tracks. We started out on gentle terrain with railroad tracks to explore ski design and fuction, and to get her to trust that her equipment would help her turn a little. for maintaining a good balanced stance I like to use the analogy of when you first get on an escalator (if you were to hop on with both feet) you have to stay with your feet as the escalator keeps moving. It helped to keep her centered over her boots throughout the traverse/stall turn/fall line/full turn, etc.
I will definitely work in the basketball analogy as this really ties in with timing flexion and extension movements.
after railroad tracks (pure edge) we started to explore the variations of none, a little, some, more and pure edging. with sideslipping, and a little fore and aft (falling leaf?) moves, we began to turn farther and farther through the fall line until we had consistent success. (she did have a noticeable weak side. turning well to the left, and struggling at first with her right turns a bit)
a good analogy for sideslipping to help with refining (of all things) rotary, is to imagine that you are holding a (soccer) ball between your ankles. If your tips come apart, the soccer ball shoots out the front and the mountain scores a point. If your tails come apart, it shoots out the back and the mountain scores a point, if you keep em parallel for 3 seconds, you score a point. Its great for kids, adults, etc and puts a focus on just one thing for those overthinking adults....
After an hour, we changed around the terrain a bit, and began to ski more and more. making more and more turns per segment so that by the end of the 2 hours we were pretty much skiing, and all I had to do was use some buzz words we had come up with. ("less knee, more ankle", "get tall", "10 toes up", "Patience")
It was a challenging lesson. successful but challenging. She was very inquisitive about everything and I was glad I had been teaching before the shaped ski revolution hit so I could relate to where she was coming from!.
Thanks everyone for inspiring great thought in these posts, and I hope I have contributed appropriately.....