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Attractive Technique

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Hi All,
I'm a level 1, teaching for 11 years, maybe trying for level 2 this year (second try). My first try, the shop mixed up my skis and I was on 181s instead of my 174s, and I didn't notice (a mind is a terrible thing to lose).
I have an adult gal (student) who grew up cross country, and is self taught downhill, skiing a lot for 13 years. She is very proficent with a survival technique.
She does short, swing/skidded turns with her hands at her sides. There was little upper/lower body separation. I was a bit confused where to start, but figured turning starts at the feet. We worked on weight transfer and rounding out turns. Also, hand position and looking downhill.
She has 5 more weeks, and I'm wondering what ideas y'all have to integrate modern technique into her style. I think getting her to start edging and varying turn shape is a good start. There is just so much doing on here, I'm a bit overwhelmed.
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sonny6, welcome to EpicSki! You'll find a lot of good insights here.

Have you reviewed the stepping stones in the latest Alpine Manual? That's definitely a good place to start.

How comfortable is she on green terrain? A couple drills to consider:

carved uphill arc and RR track turns (to get a sense of using the edge and sidecut).
sideslip to stop (to get a sense of adjusting the edge angle and controlling the slip, plus balance).

There are also other things that I'd move towards if she's comfortable on groomed blues, but with what you've posted here, it seems like she's probably not. I wouldn't worry at all about the hands at this point.
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As Steve points out, your gal needs to develop a feel for letting the ski do the work. That's using edge and pressuring adjustments so that the skis turn her rather than her turning the skis through strong muscular activity. You are correct to start at the feet and the edge riding Steve describes on shallower slopes will help. It takes a while to switch from pushing skis around to letting them carry you, and it's best learned on slopes that don't require a lot of speed control. Focus on progressively edging both skis. Fan the uphill christies (make the beginning traverses closer and closer to the fall line), and make sure only ankle movements and whatever's required for balance are being made.
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