It just seems to me that now the Pros in this forum are starting to take notice of a DP approach. Three years ago I posted a progression that we use at Snowmass and have greatly refined it to this point for DP progression with unbelievable results. I guess it went in one ear and out the other. THIS IS NOT A NEW THING! I think Weems and a few of us here at The Ski Schools of Aspen could travel around the country and teach this progression to other ski schools and make a fortune. I have said in other posts, you just don’t go out one morning and say “Well today, let’s try and teach direct parallel.” If you TRY and teach it, you’re in trouble from the git-go. You have to have a progression, a proven one and one that works. Although, there are many Pros out there that have only an hour to work with folks. They must try and teach them how to get down a small hill in a crowded situation at a local day ski area. I am fortunate in that I have really never been put in that situation. I have folks all day on the most part. And the teaching terrain is somewhat ideal. So I would, if put in a situation like the majority of our pros in this forum, teach a WEDGE if I only had an hour. And when they can turn and stop, PARALLEL.
So Wink, if it’s a progression you are looking for, go back a few years, 2000-2001 season I believe, and D/L the Beginners Magic post. Again, it’s crude, but that’s where we started. It needed some polish, but it works. Use what works for you and throw out what doesn’t, but give it a chance. I can tell you that the key to the whole thing is very short shaped skis. Not only for the student, but you should have on the same length of ski also, so that they can see the results from the movements you’re showing them. There’s no way they can match the arc of your turn when you are on longer skis, and they freak because with longer ski on, you carry much more speed. That’s the last thing they want at this point in their skiing carrier.
When we first started this thing, it was our adult div that was doing it. The private team were on their own page and refused to teach a DP. A lot of our private lesson pros where older, had been teaching for quite some time and talked funny. [img]tongue.gif[/img] They never took the time to learn the progression that we were fine tuning. All they would say was “It don’t work. My students didn’t have any control,” etc,etc,etc. That’s because they again, didn’t take the time to learn how to teach control with this progression first. Well now they are starting to come around and asked some of us if when we have time, if we could show them the progression for DP. Why? Because the pros that are teaching DP, their folks are blowing the doors off of the private teams folks. Here’s an example. There was a guy that came to Snowmass with his family for there first skiing vaca. The husband was a high flying businessman who owned his own company, and didn’t have time to waste on class lessons with a bunch of people that were not up to his standards, he was going to take the short road to learning this thing His wife was an easy going fun loving person that loved to be with other folks and share in their successes and difficulties. She was in my class, and the husband got out his wallet and dropped $450 for an all day private. Getting the picture, Wink? To make a short story shorter, by the end of the day, the folks that were in class were making wide stance parallel turns and making laps on the beginner chair, cruising right by the high flying businessman who was still in a braking wedge in the puma area. I will never forget when during one pass the wife says, “Honey, you should come to our class tomorrow, I’m skiing!” while the husband was struggling to pick his ass up off the snow. The moral of the story, you get what you pay for, no? -------------Wigs