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post #1 of 10
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Do you pros have favourite drills & exercises that you like to use for teaching beginner & intermediate skiers, which you are happy to share. Thanks.
post #2 of 10
There are literally hundreds of drills and exercises for beginning and intermediate skiers. Could you help us target your request a bit by telling us if you are a student at this level or an instructor teaching these levels?
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
I am a newly qualified instructor and am looking for the best drills & excercises that you experts find the most helpful for your students' progressions.
post #4 of 10
Congratulations on passing your exam.

I'm a little concerned about your question, because drills and exercises are not progressions. They're used to isolate particular movements or skills for students. Because they usually involve a fair amount of exaggeration they do not accurately depict “how to ski." For example, we might have a novice student bunny hop her skis up and down between turns to work on balance and stance, but you wouldn't want her to ski that way. Drills and exercises are great tools for solving a particular problem or strengthening a specific weakness exhibited by your student, but you have to keep it in that context or students become confused and think they should ski like that all the time. For instance, a skier who leans into the turn excessively can benefit by picking up the inside ski, but we’d do no one a favor if we gave the impression that skiing with the inside ski up in the air is “the way to ski.”

My suggestion to new instructors is to keep a notebook of exercises for different purposes that you can add to as you go. You'll often find that an exercise can be used many different ways by changing the focus.

Just about every book on skiing will contain a number of drills and exercises. I imagine the training materials used in your instructor training course brought up a number of drills and exercises for your students. Anyway, it's not the number of drills in your toolkit but how effectively you use them. A person can teach skiing quite well with just a few great drills. That said, I can't imagine teaching beginners and intermediates without the aid of the sidestep and herringbone, the straight run, walking out of a straight run to a stop, bunny hops, the traverse, uphill christy, the sideslip, falling leaf, the hockey slide, 1000 steps, leapers, and patience turns.

I recommend this book, which you can download for free: Brilliant Skiing, Every Day paying special attention to Chapter 5. See also http://www.edgechange.com/tips/default.asp.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your reply. I am also new to this forum & I realise now that my post was too non-specific and vague, so I'll try again. For me big toe, little toe, told to me in a race training camp, has always stuck with me as a very simple and helpful piece of advice. Crab turns is another which really helped me to feel the ski work it's sidecut. So I was really wanting to know if you pros have a real favourite drill / exercise that you would use to cure a particular problem such as too much in the back seat or a favourite tip that helped you to progress when you were a beginner /intermediate. I have still left it open so you can chose whatever you like.

post #6 of 10
There are a bunch of good instructional "tips" in THIS thread from the instruction and coaching forum.

If you do searches of EpicSki for any problem area you wish to address, there is lots of information about how to approach each of them. For example, put "fixing back seat" in the search box for the instruction and coaching forum and you'll get several threads with suggestions for ways to get skiers more forward.
post #7 of 10
I thought maybe we had a slight misunderstanding, but I appreciated the opportunity to share my caveat about drills not being the way to ski. I also stand by my advice to keep a notebook so you can save the gems you learn in clinics or other instructional encounters. A task I have assigned exam candidates is to take a sheet of paper and write "Balance and Stance," "Edging Movements," "Pressure Control Movements," "Rotary Movements," and "Directional Movements," so each heading has equal white space around it. (The headings are taken from PSIA's Visual Cues to Effective Skiing - 2005.) Then write down all the drills and exercises you know that help students improve those skills in that vicinity and connect the drill with the skill with a line. The drills and exercises that work for more than one skill will have lines radiating toward all those skills. In the end you will have something that should resemble (with some generosity) a Spider Web. That's one of my favorite drills, because it hits many levels of Bloom's Taxonomy: namely recall, comprehension, application, and analysis.

(I hope you picked up Weems's free e-book too.)
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks again Nolo & to you Kneale. I have been reading many posts since I found this forum, courtesy of The Rusty. I hadn't tried any specific searches before but I will do now.
post #9 of 10
I have found that there are are drills for group lessons and drills for private lessons. As a new instructor you may get low level or even beginners, most often in a group of 8 or more. There are introductory drill appropriate for the whole group (I leave to name specific drills to others here) such as balancing on static or moving skis and those are beneficial for the whole group.

In a private or semi-private lesson most will be corrective drills, you have time to look at the individual and see what s/he is doing right and what keeps the student back from advancing, in those cases only corrective drill tailored to the student need to be applied.

Using drills which do nothing to advance the student are a wast of time, so often even in a group setting you may go to the next maneuver even though not every student has grasped the previous drill, some times you will have students who cannot perform a drill, such as jumping up with both skis but are fine in your next drill.

post #10 of 10
One of my favorite drills for back seat skiers is tip tapping. Start in a traverse and try tapping the tip of the uphill ski on the snow. When you get to the point where you can rapidly tap the uphill tip without losing your balance, try tapping the downhill tip. When you can rapidly tap that tip without losing balance, then hold the tip tap on the snow and start your new turn by tipping the tapped tip. For extra credit trying saying "tip the tapped tip" 3 times before you enter the fall line.
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