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Good Early Season Drills

post #1 of 10
Great comment about the basics.
I start off doing a wedge drills and work my way up through parallel.

I then review the accomplished goals from the year before to see if I still "have it". Example-falling leaf with rotation to change direction...one ski...hop turns... pretty much the USSA B.A.S.E. drills.
post #2 of 10
Wow! Falling Leaf. That was my new skill last year. Really good confidence builder. Hope I can still do it!
post #3 of 10
Here's my two cents worth.

Early season, I spend a ton of time skiing on one foot, making turns with my downhill ski.

I really love this drill. It's called the vonGrunigen move, or the weighted release. Basically, you're just weaving down the hill, alternating the foot you're skiing on.

Standing across the hill, skis pointed right.

Lift the uphill, right ski off of the ground - now you're standing on one foot, the downhill, left ski. To turn left, first flatten the left ski and let it slip - you're now heading down hill. To turn left, roll the left ski over onto its little toe, outside edge.

As soon as you start to turn, and you're on your little toe, outside edge, it's time to get ready to make the next turn with your downhill ski.

So, you're coming thru the left turn, standing on your little toe, outside edge. To turn right, set your right ski down and pick up your left, uphill ski. To turn right, it's the same; flatten your downhill, right ski, let it slip downhill, then roll it over onto its little toe edge.

The whole idea is to start a turn on one foot, then finish the turn with the other. Your uphill ski is light while finishing the turn, as you make the "switch" to stand on your downhill ski. Then it's completely off of the ground to make the next turn.

So you just cruise down the hill, alternating the foot you're skiing on.

This drill is guaranteed to break the nasty habit of starting the turn by pushing off of the uphill ski. As you can see, the uphill ski is always off of the ground - you can't push off of it! It also teaches you the important concept of "falling downhill".

For me, skiing on one foot is fun! It gives me something else to do during my ski day.

Whoo! That was a lot of work! I hope this makes sense.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 30, 2001 08:21 AM: Message edited 1 time, by SCSA ]</font>
post #4 of 10
A variation on SCSA's workout is to make several turns left and right on the ski that's on the snow and then transition to the one you lifted to begin the exercise and make several turns with that one. Gets you moving the center of mass into the turns.

Adding on, you can begin making "tracers" with the unweighted ski. That is, say you're going left and right on the left foot, you keep the right ski in contact with the snow but don't put any weight on it, just trace edge lines. Then you put maybe 10 per cent of your weight on it. Then maybe 30 per cent. Then maybe half????? Now your skiing, baby....
post #5 of 10
Pierre had me doing 'bulldozer turns'
They require movement of the CM down the hill to work.
He explains it better.
post #6 of 10
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Good Early Season Drills

Hopefully our ski season will start soon in California. Since I want to get a good start to the season, does anybody have favorite drills that are especially good for the early season? These should be slanted toward modern advanced to expert level technique. I think it's especially important to not just go out the first day or two and rip it up, but to build the motion patterns that will be the foundation for a successful season.
post #7 of 10
A noted coach used to start all his camps with this:"The difference between you and the best skiers in the world is that they do the basics a whole lot better than you". I always start with the basics. It's where "expert" skiing comes from.
BTW, to define a word you have to break it into it's parts.
spurt=drip under pressure
expert=has-been drip under pressure(J.K. DON'T TAKE IT SERIOUSLY )
post #8 of 10
Another variation on SCSA's idea and Kneale's suggestion is ONLY outside edge turns, where you deliberately turn on the outside edge of the downhill ski. Requires a very substantial shift of CM and if you remove one ski it really gets you concentrating on centreing your weight and rolling your edges. Not recommended on steep slopes however!
post #9 of 10
Someone in a prior post recommended www.shapeski.com for training ideas and drills. It really is a great resource and worth visiting
post #10 of 10
Ski slow wide track parrel turns, ski with no poles, pure carves or sidecut turns, crab walk, pivot slips.
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