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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I am excited to announce that a number of our EpicSki coaches have agreed to participate in an EpicSki "ask a coach" podcast. The podcast will be a recorded interview with an EpicSki coach or contributor, and will have the content determined by questions asked in this thread.

This thread's content must be very narrowly defined to allow us to manage the podcast interviews well. Discussions about the podcast can obviously occur in other threads, but questions should go here so we can easily find them as we prepare for upcoming podcasts.

So, what do you want to ask a coach?

Edit: What's a podcast? Here's jstraw's definition: It's an internet radio show that you can listen to when you want to, not when it's scheduled...and you can listen on your computer or on an MP3 player. It's easy.
post #2 of 15
I would like to see some podcasts specific to those of us that teach. Examples, Leon Littlebird talking about Strength Based Learning.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles)
I would like to see some podcasts specific to those of us that teach. Examples, Leon Littlebird talking about Strength Based Learning.
Cool... Are there specific areas of it or questions that you have about it?
post #4 of 15
The perfect first podcast would be Bob Barnes on "The perfect turn".
post #5 of 15
Bob would be great, but how about "skiing the slow line fast?"
post #6 of 15

Progression

Maybe start with a series from BB: A progression of the "perfect turn," one step at a time, including transition/release into the new turn, the control phase through the fall line, and completion/transition. What movements happen at the feet/skis? What happens at ankle? The knees? The quads? The hips? The COM? The shoulders, arms, hands? Head? Where to look? What moves first? What visual and kinesthetic/proprioceptive feedback is useful? What benchmarks are sought?

At first, this is mechanical - robotic, if you will. This is the school form, the foundation. Under what conditions might it actually be executed?

Next, from Bob, or Weems, or ??: How is the foundation used? How are the tools extended to many conditions? Or, from Leon, how do we extend the strengths developed in learning the fundamentals to specific situations? When do we "break the rules?" How do we increase versatility? What changes (timing, duration, intensity) are appropriate when?

What about the mind game? Visualization? How to deal with anxiety? How do we deal with anxiety in our students? This might be where we would want to discuss the Guest Centered Teaching model. Connect movement with motivation.

Finally, how do we fuse the mind and the movements to achieve fun, freedom and flight? What does it take to achieve greatness on blue groomers and steep bumps? In powder, in the trees? In the slush?

Hmmm...that's a challenge!
post #7 of 15
Specific techniques for dealing with differant types of snow.
Soft.Deep . Wet. Icy. Hard packed. Refrozen broken. Mashed poataoes. Sun wilted.
You get the drift


Also

Terrain differances
Steep,
Moguls.
Tree strategy
Steep and deep new snowfall


Skier safety issues in cold climates
. Proper layering. Proper insulation for very cold temperatures. Hydration. Types of gloves , Hats, Coats, Pants. and thermal protection in underlayers
post #8 of 15
I am going to second Garry's request for a discussion of tactics on different terrain. A Bob Barnes discussion of the slow line fast when you can would actually mesh nicely with this. In other words, lets hear about the slow line fast as a tactic in good skiing, and also discuss situations where we don't have a slow line, how can we continue to ski aggressively and avoid defensive moves.
post #9 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by jhcooley
Maybe start with a series from BB: A progression of the "perfect turn," one step at a time, including transition/release into the new turn, the control phase through the fall line, and completion/transition. What movements happen at the feet/skis? What happens at ankle? The knees? The quads? The hips? The COM? The shoulders, arms, hands? Head? Where to look? What moves first? What visual and kinesthetic/proprioceptive feedback is useful? What benchmarks are sought?
... Hmmm...that's a challenge!
especially since BB's "perfect turn" is not about mechanics! Do a search here, you'll be surprised!
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by BigE
especially since BB's "perfect turn" is not about mechanics! Do a search here, you'll be surprised!
Absolutely true! But it starts with movements that form a basis for skill development, and for a lucky few, greatness. (Not me, of course. I ski like a stump. )

That's why I'd like to see the basics laid down, and then, build on them to get beyond movements and mechanics. Perhaps a round-table discussion of a few of the infinite variety of perfect turns, and why each one was perfect at that time and how it relates to fundamentals.

I expressed it poorly. We all start with small steps. Someday, maybe, we learn to dance.
post #11 of 15
How about maunfacturers telling us about up coming or newly presented products.? It doesn't have to be spam . We all want to know what is new .
post #12 of 15
One preference I do have is a "coach" that is able to communicate vocally well. I know that most here on epicski can communicate with the written word.

That is one reason for my nomination of Bob Barnes (the Keystone one) and Leon Littlebird, I know by experience that they can communicate vocally very well.
post #13 of 15
How about some other programs in addtion to instruction ones.

Tuning
Equipment
Boot Fitting
Racing

etc.
post #14 of 15
Basic movement analysis issue---Top 4 "improper" movements, how to recognize them---generally the cause/relationship and then how to teach students to move away from it and into something new.
post #15 of 15
A segment on skill-building drills and other fun things to do on the hill and what they can do for your skiing.
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