Originally Posted by ant
I doubt it's alignment. everyone has a "good" side and a bad side. I bet you do too. sounds like she's left-footed... balances well on her left leg, and crap on her right (most of us are right footed).
She's not commiting her full weight and balance to her right foot on those left-side turns, hence the stems and other stuff.
If you watch any skiier, you'll notice that on one side they turn clean and strong, and on the other side there's all kinds of funky things happening.
People are too quick to jump to the alignment thing.
And some people know what they are talking about and some don't! People are right footed or left footed for a reason. They trust commiting to or putting weight on one ski more than the other.....for a reason. It is like touching a hot burner on the stove....it doesn't take you long to figure out that if you go there you will be burned time after time. This is why people generally favor one foot over the other because of an imbalance under one foot or an alignment issue that causes the ski not to react well so they avoid commiting to it. Alignment issues are far more common than you may think amigo!
Also one can not stem if all their weight is on one ski. A stemming movement requires a platform to push off of, so have the student try to balance on one ski, and if they can not balance on one ski perhaps there is an alignment issue. You can certainly do one legged traverses on the big toe and little toe sides and look for the lower leg tipped excessively to one side or an inability to balance on an edge. You can also go to a flat beginner run or cat track and try railroad turns and observe asymetry between right and left or the inability to make clean tracks, or if they are higher level skiers have them ski one legged down a cat track and try to carve their turns on the inside and outside edges and observe any difficulties on one side. Once your eye has become well trained as to what to look for you can see imbalances in a skier after only a couple turns.
I have balanced thousands of boots, and can safely say that the large majority of skiers can benefit from better aligned boots and that most people are asymetric. In fact most times without ever seeing a customer ski I can look at their alignment in the shop and tell them on which side they turn better. It is that apparent and that important to turning efficiently.
if alignment wasn't that important why does every non ski resort ski camp like ESA, NASTC, Harbcamps, etc. emphasize students have their boots balanced???? Why does every single elite level ski racer have their equipment balanced? The "grass is greener" after proper alignment. I am sorry for you that you have not walked through it yet.