Reminds me of an old cartoon I saw years ago--a woman introduces her friend to the ski instructor for her friend's private lesson. "Will you be joining us, or are you taking a separate lesson?" asks the instructor. "Oh, no," she says, proudly, "I learned last year!"
Regarding Pivot Slips, I'm still surprised as I read through a few current threads today (example: TGIF
) at the misconceptions surrounding this critically effective drill.
Pivot Slips, ironically, are not at all about pivoting or skidding! They are about releasing the edge to start a turn, precisely so that you do not have to push off and twist the tails into a skid.
They are about learning to guide the skis precisely with the legs when necessary, so you do not
have to huck them around with your upper body into a skid. They are about finding the balance point fore-and-aft, the highly refined edging skill and balance needed to release smoothly and at the right time, and the optimal leg separation, leg movements, and upper body discipline needed to prevent
skidded turn entries (when desired).
Yes, of course, the same refined skills also enable you to pivot the skis powerfully but precisely with the legs (not the upper body) when needed--as in bumps (not always), short-swing turns, and hockey stops. But that is far from the real point, or the real purpose, of practicing Pivot Slips. The very best drill I know for learning to eliminate the tail-pushing, twisted, "rotary pushoff" skidded turn initiation and develop the skills and movement patterns of modern, offensive, gliding, carved turns...is the Pivot Slip. Pivot Slips have more in common with pure Railroad Track carved arcs (which, of course, must always involve an edge release in the transition) than they have with skidded, pivoted turn entries.
In the "TGIF" ("Tips Go In First") thread I linked to above, Pivot Slips are an ideal way to develop the "edge release, guide the tips into the turn" initiation (vs.
edge SET & push the tails out
initiation)--which is the subject of the thread. Again, whether you're looking for a "smeared" brushed, steered/shaped turn, or linked, pure-carved arcs, the only way to begin them is to release the edges and NOT twist the tails out--either guiding the tips in, or holding the skis on their lines, both of which involve the refined leg steering skills inherent in Pivot Slips.
Sadly, some appear incapable of ever getting it. And others just refuse. Alas.....