Originally Posted by RicB
From a teaching perspective, this brings up how to help our students transfer their skills learned in the closed, controled, enviroment of exercises and tasks and familair terrain and move to the next level of new, ever changing conditions and unfamiliar terrain. To take that movement proficiency they have been working on and apply it to less familiar real world conditions. taking it from "closed skill" enviroment to the "open skill" enviroment. Leading to true ownership, or the "autonomous stage".
IMO, the movement patterns ought to be the same, regardless of the terrain, just amplified -- the initial redirect will increase, the extension and "free-fall" will be magnified, the engagement will be more forceful, the skis will move quicker under the body, the flexion will be more pronouced. If one can teach the student to pivot and extend fully, to move their CM further into the next turn, experience "free-fall"/float, and flex deeply, then when confronted with the steeper pitch, the increased extension, "free-fall" and flexion is already
in their comfort zone.
eg. use pivot slips, leapers, the impossible flush, ski with poles above your head, reaching pole plant, one legged skiing, cossack turns, retraction turns with and without rebound, dolphin turns, norwegian pole plant. Check turns. Generate lots and lots of movement!
What I am suggesting is that the "closed skill" environment is not such a huge hurdle provided that the skier "owns" a full range of movement. They may be intimidated by the pitch, but they will be confident that they can move.
So rather than teaching "just enough" movement for the terrain, (perhaps under the guise of "efficiency") teach exagerrated movements. Ski faster to really feel the forces. Use drills that force a LOT of movement. This can be great preparation for the "open skill" arena. The amped up terrain is the true test of ownership.
If you've never fully extended or deeply flexed or hung over the pitch infront of the skis, then, when you need it, it's not there. Add the fear that restricts movement, the loss of confidence, and you don't have a hurdle, you've got a wall.