Originally Posted by Cassina
Thanks for the reply to my post. I must try and get some info on the 2 teaching standards you mention as one of them may have some relationship to my idea. I have discussed part of my idea with a qualified instructor who did not think my idea was workable but I would be keen to
get other opinions anyway. The focus of my idea is for the student to forget they are on skis and on snow completely by shifting their focus on to something in the distance and simply pushing off towards it whether that be in a parrallel or snowplough turn. For example some years ago I was invited to give a first time skier a lesson and I simply told her to put her skis in a V and push off with her poles and keep looking at a fence that was a very long way in the distance (out of crashing range). By doing this she was able to travel far further than she would have if I had simply told her to "Push Off"
The reason she was able to ski as far as she did I believe was because the effect of focussing on the fence helped keep her centred over her skis. I actually made my first turn by pushiing off and focussing on a mound of snow in the distance to one side of me and while I did fall I was able to then progress towards parrallel but with an uphill direction so that I was using the mountain and not a snowplough to slow me down at the end of the turn. The trade off with this approach was as I went on to steeper slopes my uphill slowing down would be too exessive resulting in many falls as I alluded to in my first post but I was not under any instruction while trying this. I would imagine that if this method of what I would call Visuallised Instruction had been taught to me I may have made more rapid progress than I did.
Cassina: I can infer, by your spelling, that your British
English was learned outside of the US, and so it likely
follows, was your skiing.
What you are describing is not a new concept.
What you are describing, is, to your credit, a very old
concept that is overlooked with alarming regularity in
most modern teaching systems:Forward Focus
From your description of this singular component as
providence of a unique , new methodology suggests
some inexperience, on your part, in the methodologies
of modern systems.
You have the right eye for the key elements involved.
The "Eye" can be neither invented nor pantomimed.
It is one of the innate traits of truly excellent Ski
I respectfully suggest that you spend a season training
under an officially recognized/sanctioned national
Both the system (of your choice), and your own
professional overview would benefit.
You make a great foundational point, nonetheless