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Attempted Direct Parallel

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Thread Starter 
I've tried to do it with a couple of folks. I'm not PMTS certified, however, via reading think I understand the drills. I can see that it is viable with some folks. I still want a GLIDING wedge in my bag-o-tricks.

Worked with a guy today for two hours. Tried a bit of both. I'm certain his first couple of lessons were in a wedge. He had severe balance problems and went back to a very narrow wedge after a little shuffling and 1000 steps. Got the guy skidding some rudimentary parallel turns in two hours. Got the largest tip I've ever received and a promise to return. At least the guy was safe, warm, and happy!
post #2 of 14

Way to go...
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

After I posted I thought about something else. The guy's skis were too long. We talked about it as the lesson progressed. He noticed my 160's and he raised the issue. He might have "gone direct" on shorter boards.

Bad balance....not too athletic.

P.S. I know SCSA hates short skis....going from a 160 to a 150. Try it, it's a great deal of fun!
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Can't hate anything.
post #5 of 14
Rusty Guy ,

I posted a topic last year on our Beginner's Magic program last season here at Snowmass, and teaching direct parallel to our first timers. I just wanted to say that all our pros teach the program on short skis. We don't ski on anything longer than a 120 to140 cm, and require that guest be on the same length ski if possible. This works every well.-------------Wigs
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Yea....the guy was on a fairly long ski. Does the shorter ski help or worsen balance issues?
post #7 of 14
The first year that I taught direct parallel, I was 183s. Last year, I switched to Head Cyclones, 160. With 120mm tips and a 110 mm tail, these guys are super stable. I think that if you are going to teach direct parallel, you and the students should be on similar skis. It is easier for the student to relate to what you are demonstrating.

Rusty, when you are doing 1000 steps, are you having the student stepping to the little toe edge of the lead ski? It makes quite a difference later on. Another thing, you may want to get the student to add the shuffle turn. It is the quickest way to parallel.
post #8 of 14

Sounds like you are a perfect candidate for Litos new book available via this web site from Amazon.com.
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Atta boy Rusty! Keep trying this stuff, it works!

I started adding PMTS things into my bag of tricks for teaching, and observed how well it works. And I keep dumping the old tricks...

Have you seen the PMTS Green/Blue Teaching Video? Check it out, along with the instructors manual!

Even better, sign up for a clinic...
post #10 of 14
Rusty Guy,

The shorter ski doe's require the guest to be more aware of there stance and balance. But this is a good thing. With our direct parallel method, we start with edge and pressure control drills. The tipping of the skis onto their edges. I guess you could call it a " park and ride" in the first stages. Along with this we also introduce stepping drills for speed control. With a longer ski, the guest who is new to the sport, might become intimidated by the speed while waiting for the skis to turn because of the radius of the turn with a long ski. So if your getting into teaching direct parallel, do it on short skis. And get a pair for yourself.-------------Wigs

post #11 of 14
I just want to know if I get the credit for Rusty's "Ray of light". Then, how about half the tip?
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
SCSA- Of course you do. This is all about discussion. Bob B does as well. I hope you realize PSIA is simply an group of peers. This has been going on for years before HH ever put a word in print! He should get credit for his marketing attempts.
You know what really amazes me are the number of non-certs teaching whatever they darn well please.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 07, 2001 02:31 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Rusty Guy ]</font>
post #13 of 14
Right on, Rusty.

This is all very groovy -- I love it.
post #14 of 14
Is Aspen the only school that involves alignment for their first time skiers or is there other ski schools out there that are looking at this area for imporovment?
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