I've fallen a few times while teaching - sometimes intentionally, other times not.
Like others, I generally fall when doing things of a particularity mindless nature (maybe “skiing experimentally” is a better term).
Last season I went repeatedly over a large lump between fir trees to show the kids how to ‘adjust forward’ while skiing up the curved ramp over the large lump of snow. Worked great the first two times and the kids were making good progress.
On the next chair-ride & lap I got confused and picked the wrong
pair of trees to launch from. Launched into a straight-down drop of maybe 12 feet onto a flat cat-track. Can you say Splat? (‘Falling’ can mean tumbling into a lump - or it can mean literally Falling
Good thing I always go over jumps first, then wave the kids down to me. Up above, they did kinda wonder why I completely dissappeared
after the jump this time.
Of course, to keep the kids from becoming fearful I jumped right up and gave the appearance of brushing it off (while hiding the intense agony). Briefly discussed how they should "Always verify the landing zone" for safety's sake
then moved on. After lotsa Ibuprofen, it seemed pretty funny.
How many of you intentionally teach ‘falling’? (aka: impact amelioration
A student who is stiff and strongly braced all the time is often just afraid of falling. I try to help them realize that the average fall isn’t a big deal. I show numerous ‘crash examples’ that typically occur and a few ways to react.
Since many kids classes (around here) are on groomed Green, Blue or Black runs the snow is often pretty hard. The best plan in such conditions seems to be teaching them to disperse
their kinetic energy rather than absorb
it all at once during a crash.
I teach ways to methodically collapse down toward the surface rather than topple-over. I'm not a fan of teaching ‘Tumbling’ except to advanced skiers on steeper terrain. I also teach ways to ‘target’ a landing zone - for when control is almost lost
and the student is still able to ‘aim’ themselves at a better place to pile up. To teach this I perform systematic controlled crashes - then ask the students each to demonstrate a similar crash. Not much different than teaching a kid to slide into third base.
Kinda like to hear what others do to ‘teach falling’ (if they teach it at all).