Originally Posted by skimore-workless
What are some good drills to get out of the stem? My wife is a decent skier but on steeper slopes she does the stem whereby picking up the ski. Also very prevelant in moguls. She carves pretty well on easy groomers. When she needs to make quick fast turns the stem appears. What are good drills for this? I thought maybe practicing a traverse on the uphill ski might be a good one. If you stem, this drill is almost impossible to do at first and feels very weird. What about one footed skiing the whole run? Thanks.
A good functional stance is very important. So too is comfort level. For learning, I always take into account and look for defensive movements in skiers. Terrain for comfortable learning is key.
I like a simple RR track progression and I think she might enjoy this. Start on easy green trails and find some really friendly terrain where she can make RR tracks going straight down the fall line without picking up much speed.
•meander back and forth across the trail, slowly rolling from RR track to RR track. (a great thought is to have her picture her skis "travelling through flatness" as she goes from one set of edges to the next. this will promote a smooth transition) use only enough edge as necessary. At these slow speeds, she should feel her boots tip and roll from side to side more than anything else. These are slow, gentle, rolling direction changes, and definitely not turns. Let the side cut and edge amount determine the path, not any turning of the feet).
•same terrain. both feet firmly on the ground. RR tracks again, only be more deliberate in the speed of the edge change. Really get those feet moving and skis carving (very shallow arcs) back and forth, back and forth.
•Dial up terrain slightly. Use your judgement. keep her in the comfort zone. Now, talk about leading the turn with her hips and staying up over her skis, "hiney over heels, hands in front of hips".
•Work on short radius RR track turns. dial up the movements and terrain slightly so that there is definite cross under where the hips guide the feet as they arc under her and out to each side and back. "hiney over heels, hands in front of hips". the hips should be moving forward and diagonally towards the direction of each new turn and in fact, along with looking where you want to go, help determine your path.
•Play with different turn shapes, speeds, foot widths, etc where both skiis are firmly engaged with the snow at all times.
•For a bit of drama, try these same exersizes with no edging! body dynamics will be different.....a balance of pure carve, and no edging will be great for any turn tighter than the natural working radius of the ski.
•In bumps, the right blend is necessary and may even change from turn to turn. short radius turns of both styles are great practice for the bumps. I like to have the skis seek out and stay on the snow as I meander through them like water down a streambed full of bolders.
sorry this is so long winded. I have had great success with these exercises and really hope they help....