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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
It really works! I was happily suprised.

This is the situation.

Private lesson with an 8 year old girl locked in a power wedge. She had several other private lessons and has skied all over the mountain. Her parents wanted to start moving her towards stem cristies and more parallel. As I talked to her it turns out she was told all these things. press on one foot (magic button under the foot) lean out, airplane turns, etc. but when I asked her what she does when she wants to turn? "Her response I go that way". Time to think and K.I.S.S.

I decided to try the hands tip in the latest TPS.

We started back on some easy slopes (since we were skiing with no poles it worked out well). I told her to pretend her hands were her feet and then hold them in front of her. She held them out in a toe in or wedge. I then took her hands and straightened them out and told her that if she wanted to go left to tip her hands to the left. Right, tip right. Then we played follow the leader. I held my arms out a little farther than I had her do so she could see my hands and we started off. I called out Tip Right and tipped my hands right and we made a right turn. etc..

Now her turns were rounder, she commented that it was easier (big grin) and although she was still in a wedge, it was much smaller, not as bracey and more like a gliding wedge. and she wasn't levered as hard against the back of her boots as the hands in front got her a more centered.
post #2 of 10
Thread Starter 
We also played with thumper turns that helped even more.

Any other thoughts or hints for more ways to progress?
post #3 of 10
Dchan,

To go right have her tip the right hand right and also point the hand to the right. Left, tip the left hand and point it to the right. This should bring the skis parallel in an very wide track stance. Then ask her to ski taller and watch the stance slowly narrow through the day.

Yd
post #4 of 10
dchan,

Latest issue(just out) of Profesional Skier has a nice article about using hands.

I like the addition of using pressure against your own hands to show pressure changes in a turn.

I use hands for all ages. Helps in me seeing what the student is doing inside of the boots. I add thumb and pinky for the advanced students using big/little toe. Good also showing mogula retraction/extention.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by KeeTov:
dchan,

Latest issue(just out) of Profesional Skier has a nice article about using hands.

Quote:
Originally posted by dchan:
This is the situation.

Private ...K.I.S.S.

I decided to try the hands tip in the latest TPS.
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post #6 of 10
I'm a believer in hand skiing. A great way to add value to chair rides.
post #7 of 10
dchan,

I know you're working hard for Level 2...and here I thought you were "right on" by thinking up the hand issue before I got the latest issue.

Well, you're still "right on", even if I don't read every word of your posts!!! Sorry.....
post #8 of 10
dchan,

For an interesting experiment ask a number of skiers you are working with or know to demonstrate their turns with their hands. Do the finger tips go where they want their tips to go or do their wrists go sideways? Is there any correlation to their turn mechanics or understanding of a turn?
post #9 of 10
We just did a clinic with this at my mountain and I thought it was great. I mostly teach children so it gives me something use with them and use for my own skiing while I’m working with my students.

After practicing with the concept for a couple of runs, the instructor had us bring up the outside hand, while dropping the inside hand and vice versa. It really helps with pole touches. The trick is to think of it as a constant motion.

Good luck
post #10 of 10
I've had buddies yell at me from across the bar to "shut up my hands" and stop talking skiing.

Hands not only a great visual aid, but the great stuff above with kids works at all ages when you get them to rehearse with their hands before they do something new with their feet. One of best ways (+arms) to introduce concept of leg retraction through the edge change then extension toward turn center I've yet to find. First eyes open till the get it, then eyes closed imagining feet and hands doing same thing. Then godoit!

If I had to choose, I think I'd teach without speech before teaching without images. :
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