Originally Posted by RicB
Rusty if it where that uncomplicated then every skier would be doing it already wouldn't they? I tell my students this very thing all the time. Keep your feet under your butt or vice versa. Far easier to say than to do. We need to give them a simple way to do that. Later, RicB.
I'm not an instructor, so I'll add this and then step out of the way for those with the knowledge and experience to offer their advise. I can relate to this discussion because as a "learning" skier, this stuff is not too far in my past.
I think it's the perception of how complicated these moves are that hinder the developing skiers, and I think that many instructors foster this perception by having students perform drills that treat the students symptoms rather than the problem.
We've seen a lot of good "drill" suggested here, but the two best suggestions here IMO, are Ric's suggestion to relax/breath and Rusty's suggestion to "stand up".
I work with a level 3 at a local hill who does most of the instructor training there. If she has a "mantra" it's this: "You can be relaxed and patient and still have poor movements, but you will never acheive good movements if you're not relaxed and patient". She is a master at "uncomplicating" a move and I'm amazed at how I've finally been able to grasp something after I've allowed myself to relax and allow it to happen.
There could be nothing less complicated than releasing from a turn by relaxing the tension from the outside leg, standing up, and allowing the skis to find the fall line. It's just the instructor's job to convey to the student that it's really that simple. Once you get the student to that point, then you can "drill" to your hearts content to reinforce the move.