Originally Posted by bbarr1000
Skied with an upper-level intermediate last night and was working on eliminating banking in her skiing...Any other suggestions or exercises to help stop banking?...
I recently had a returning student with a similar problem. My goal was to replace her banking with angulation.
Towards this end, we discussed and practiced basic angulation (eg, me trying to pull her down the hill while stopped and traversing together); gave her the "feel-the-pinch" and the "carve-back-up-the-hill" routines; worked on getting her to flex more (her posture was much too straight), etc.
I was making slow progress using the above techniques but it seemed like she wouldn't make her body get into "these strange positions" (as she called them) unless (a) she understood that they were really needed, and (b) she understood even better exactly what she was supposed to do. At that point, something she said suggested that she would benefit from strong visual cues. The next week, I showed up with some photos of recreational skiers banking, and put them alongside photos of racers in fully angulated positions. It turned out that in her entire life, she had never paid any attention whatsoever to photos of racers or TV coverage of ski races. I then asked her questions like "Which looks like better skiing?", "Why do you think angulation works better than banking?", and it was obvious that the cognitive foundation was getting laid. To head off any suspicion on her part that "this stuff was only for racers", I had her pick out good recreational skiers from the lift, discuss her concern that she would look less graceful in a more flexed stance, etc.
I then re-demoed banked turns vs angulated turns (on hardpack) for her, and finally got her to try to do the same, exaggerating the difference. At that point, when everything was finally in place, I think the light bulbs finally lit up for her.
At the end of our last lession, she still had some question in her mind about angulating to the outside of the turn, throughout the turn, vs only doing so at the bottom of turns, but with practice, this will come.
Obviously, every student will be different, so YMMV, but the combination of cognitive, visual, and then kinesthetic work, in the right order, seemed to work well for her.
Tom / PM