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post #31 of 36
Tdk. Nothing wrong with what you are doing. My suggestion would be to teach the wedge as a means for your student to learn how to turn thier legs first. (PM me, I'd love to chat about it) Gliding wedge to a run-out. Wedge change-ups and what-not. THEN turning. THEN stopping. Same movements, different (more appropriate) skill blend. It doesn't get them to the chair as quickly, but it creates a better skier.

Does anyone teach their beginners how to PLAY?!? That's why they are there! All the teaching stuff has to come after FUN, right?
post #32 of 36
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BTW I still consider a student who has made it to the easiest green chair a beginner. Keep coming with what and how to teach at the level where they can make a few turns from a wedge or snowplow, can ride the lift, and are on the greens.
post #33 of 36
Play? Thanks Spag. Man, turn 'em on to skiing. Oooo..... it's slippery!
post #34 of 36
Learning to ski should be play, or playfull. Instruction about the boots and fit, clothing, and ski/binding operation are a must.

I teach a hybred between gliding wedge and DTP. Awareness of edges, leg rotation, relationship to the hill and balance are an essential part of learning (play). From there, turning and stopping are about learning directional movements while gliding on skis.

Teaching students things not to do while falling is important and ways to get up after a fall is a must (wait for a "teachable moment").

From there, instructions regarding "what's next?" for the new skiier.

PS; No standing around waiting for "ok, it's your turn" will allow the best learning to happen. Constant activity paced for each individual keeps the process moving.

post #35 of 36

Using Apt Analogies

I noticed that several people have criticized the use of the bicycle pedalling analogy. I would be interested in knowing what analogies you consider apt and effective in teaching beginners and intermediates. I think a good analogy can make learning a lot easier.

Tom Orwell
post #36 of 36
The best analogies are ones using a sport the student already knows. Ask what sports they do, then find common aspects (e.g. soccer -> goalie stance or looking at the player, not the feet) and use them (e.g. balanced stance, looking where you're going). The most important thing for beginners is balance. That is common to most sports. Start there.
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