Originally Posted by JohnH
I know RustyGuy is a pretty amazing instructor, so I'm surprised to hear his views on this.
i'm a very average instructor. i do encourage all to reread what i wrote because i feel a tad misunderstood.
i never said useless or counter productive. i said "before spending a whole heck of a lot of time one legged skiing" and suggested the "pros and cons" be explored.
this was a fairly new skier stating he was headed/inclined to practice skiing on one ski. i encouraged the individual to explore the advantages and disadvantages of the exercise with a pro and it was from that comment that i suggested that if NO downside was articulated run don't walk to find another pro.
now.....to all the pros out there.....would you recommend an intermediate skier spend a "whole heck of a lot of time" skiing on one leg under no guidance?
i feel there can IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES BE A DOWNSIDE to the exercise.
run don't walk overly harsh? perhaps. it's the internet and often off handed comments don't come off well. i also said in an earlier mea culpa it was perhaps harsh.
i do however stand by my basic premise for the following reason.
agree or disagree with my humble opinion as you will, however, it has been my experience that when this particular drill is attempted with intermediate skiers it tends to create appreciable upper body rotation. if you don't understand the concept involving braquage or independent leg steering then this will make no sense.
if you want to try it stand on an 8 x 11 sheet of paper on your kitchen tile floor. now try on one leg to slowly turn your foot with no twisting of your upper body.
the key words in the above are.....IMHO, intermediate,my experience/observation,and most importantly appreciable.
one of my pet peeves is when instructors toss out drills/exercises for skiers that do nothing other than fill time or are high on the "neato" factor.
i've seen one ski skiing used to fill time or woo guests. again, imho all it served to do was ingrain a lot of upper body rotation.
would it work/benefit other skiers or some skiers? YES. all skiers? again i have reservations.
one of the big things i insist upon in a lesson is to question the efficacy of anything we do. i think it fits into the GCT matrix utilized by the RM division. GCT is too complex to explain right now.
if i ask a student to try something my hope is they will ask why. i hope the student will ask what did you see in my skiing, or what did i articulate as a motivation for taking a lesson, or what did the student articulate as their understanding that would drive the instructor to suggest a particular drill, exercise, or task.
so.......nolo and other instructors if you like one legged skiing knock yourselves out.
students......it's not real high on my list as you probably guessed by now so if you want to do it in a lesson punch someone else's dance card!
BTW skiing unbuckled is on my top five. why? i tend to lever my boots. thats why i have fallen for free heeling.
perhaps i should start a thread about why it drives me crazy when folks talk about shin pressure on the front of the boots!