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Off-Slope Teaching Technique

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Today, while I was doing my surveys at Jack's I watched one of Copper's "Secret Thursday" instructors, (Mike Allen) do a superb demo of the integration and interelatedness of ankle movements, hip movement and stance. His students seemed to catch on right away: perhaps because standing in the cafeteria is an unthreatening environment.

I was so totally blown away by what I saw him do that I went over and asked for his card, so that I could refer people to him. Keep in mind that since I was working, I was not hanging on to every word he said. Yet later, when I went out on the slopes, everything seemed to come together.

This got me thinking. Sometimes, the biggest breakthroughs happen because of a movement pattern that has been demonstrated off slope. I wonder how many instructors give thought to their off slope technique?
post #2 of 6
I do this a lot when I'm doing my indoor video analysis sessions. I've also offered several "do this at home" responses to questions asked here at Epic. It helps me when I give the advice. Can't say too much for my victims though.
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LM,
there is definately a lot that can be learned off the snow and any time in ski boots is potentially a learning opportunity. It may sound dumb, but my most used non-skiing teaching tool is to "teach" people how to walk easier in ski boots (by staying forward - this is a great tool for beginers). But I have to admit, I do not think many instructors think of using their non-skiing time to teach, but often times, students can learn a great deal because the intimidation factors are not their. There is no long ski attached to the foot, no movement (other than conscious movement - not sliding), no pitch, etc and therfore it can allow students to really isolate a feeling/movement/idea.
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Some of the most successful clinics I have ever given were in a bar, after skiing!

Amazing how things work after a brew or two... (off snow)
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Yeah, I seem to recall a conversation about using bar stools to teach rotary skills.

Seriously, there is another side benefit to this: In a bar or cafeteria, you are visable to many people other than your students. What a great way to display your talents!
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Originally Posted by vail snopro View Post
Some of the most successful clinics I have ever given were in a bar, after skiing!

Amazing how things work after a brew or two... (off snow)

I've heard you do pretty well in the locker room too
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