|Originally posted by Rusty Guy:
I would like to respectfully point out one idea. Go out to your kitchen floor in a pair of socks. On two feet you can rotate your feet easily, call it a fulcrum turn or bracquage. The feet, tib/fibs, femurs will rotate under the pelvis quickly or slowly. It is the movement that creates pivot slips.
Now stand on one foot and attempt to turn the foot. It cannot be done sans hip or shoulder rotation. It will either take rotation or counter-rotation to turn the foot.
Having said all this, I see a lot of kids skiing on one ski and cringe when I think about the movements that will create in their hips and shoulders.
I hardly think comparing skiing 1 ski to standing on 1 foot in your kitchen is a realistic representation of what movements can be fostered through using skiing on one ski.
I would disregard what you feel in the kitchen. Try skiing on one ski by starting on super flat terrain and go through some balance drills before trying any turns. Then, before trying actual turns try some edge engagement/release maneuvers focusing on muscles inside the boot (foot/ankle)/ Then try some small directions cahnges in the fall-line (on the same flat terrain)
The reasons a lot of people turn their shoulders and such one one ski are the same reasons a lot of people do it on two skis.
a)not in blance (i.e. hips behind feet)
b)cannot or do not accomplish edge release before trying to turn.
Using skiing on one ski may not be a good entry level inside leg action drill, but a good one to develop the movement in people who have some aquisition of it.
It also can reveal a lot about skiers' alignment issues, both fore-aft & lateral.