Originally Posted by Lisamarie
How would you advise someone who instinctually begins to traverse when the slopes get steeper?
My wife used to do this a lot.
The best method I have found is to first, make sure the slope isn't crowded, or wait for it crowd to thin out a bit. Having opeople passing on a slope that is intimidating, only makes it worse.
Next, I have the person follow me, in my tracks, and paying attention to something that I ask. I usually make up something pointless, because the intent is to distract them from the pitch and get their eyes diverted from the bottom of the hill. Then, I just ski slow, deliberate, round turns at a speed slightly slower than they would normally ski, so that they stay right behind me and become concerned with speed control.
I don't like to let people traverse for a couple of reasons: 1) It's unsafe with other skiers on the hill, 2) it doesn't offer any speed control (the speed will be constant, as opposed to slowing), and 3) It is a lot harder to start a turn from a static traverse than from a transition from an old turn - especially in non-perfect conditions.
Interestingly, though, this isn't what worked for my wife. For her, it was all in the equipment and alignment. Her set-up was such a mess (horrid Q-angle, lack of dirsi-flexion, etc.) that she wasn't able to control the skis well and make them do what she asked of them. Once we got her set up correctly, and she felt more in control of the equipment, she relaxed quite a bit and started skiing much more fluidly, linking nice turns down steeper terrain.