I am very interested in this thread, and therefore, I would find a lesson, to be most " engaging "[ pun intended, ]if it emphsized an early egagement of the uphill, little toe edge of the ski, and at the some time, probably just before rolling on to the new edges, using "some" degree of dynamic anticipation with the lightened matching downhill ski to develop a skid free turn. I know you don't want to concern your lesson with edge engagement, but how do you avoid that, and more importantly, not dealing with edge egagement,is this at all useful to the mainsteam skier that is suppose to benefit from instruction ?
The assumption, of course, is that actual turn arch must change if the turn changes. And yes, the degree of engagement[degree of tippiness of the lightened ski] determines the tightness of the arc, or the ability to change same. But also, there isn't always a free or lightened ski. Dynamic anticipation becomes an aid to help engage the new tune arc more efficiently, and quickly,hopefully eliminating or at least minimizing skidding.Of course, a skidded turn arc is a turn of sorts, but it is an ever changing shape of an elipse.
I also must assume that the 20 minute lesson includes a minimal amount of discussion and instructor demonstration, with more emphasis on the practice of the skills and exercises that were demonstrated. Hopefully, during your demonstration lesson, there would be more opportunites to handle any individual problems that may come up if the skill/s, as demonstrated, become problematic for the student.
I understand, that Level III is right up there. Theoretically, and esoterically, maybe I am not suppose to understand, or in fact don't understand, what your task is truly about. However, establishing a connecton of your Level III "teaching assignments" to how it will help your future students become better skiers through instructional efforts, should always be the question that needs an answer ?
I hope the Level III type of certification exercises and tasks do have a directness to the end user, the student that wants to be a better skier.
[ January 19, 2003, 10:47 AM: Message edited by: wink ]