As a non-pro, wannabe instructor (just my thoughts):
Skier 1 - Excellent rhythm, good timing of pole "plants", well in control (maybe too much so
). Stooped shoulders, narrow arms, narrow stance, a lot of rotary. The skier appears too stiff, and that comes from the shoulders.
The one thing I would work on is relaxing the shoulders. That would fix everything.
ski without poles
ski on one ski
watching the stance width.
Get a good massage [img]tongue.gif[/img]
Skier 2 - OMG, even avoided collision without losing the rhythm!
I would not be able to teach this skier: (s)he skis as well as I do (even similar style). Ditto Skier 6 (except for the collision)
Skier 3 - skidded turns, useless poles, stiff knees. But Parallel turns.
One thing to work on - "bend ze knees!"
try spending more time on some easy moguls.
Skier 4 - good, relaxed, bored. The turn starts from the shoulder. Hands too low.
One thing to work on - inclination.
beach ball / tray
Skier 5 - good, relaxed, good technique. Hands too close to the body.
One thing to work on - keep hands always in sight
beach ball / tray
Skier 7 - some shoulder rotation at the initiation of the turn
Skier 8 - relaxed, good technique. Too much rotary movement in the feet, probably caused by too much up-unloading.
One thing to work on - blocking pole plant
Skier 9 - Everything is there, but not quite. The skier is very tight; skidded turns on flat skis; a lot of rotary foot movement.
One thing to work on - body recentering (change in fore-aft position) during the different phases of the turn. The skier tends to lean forward, which is good in the initiation of the turn, but not in the control and completion phases.
More groomed runs with quick relief variations (but not moguls)
Work on awareness of where the skier's body is (fore-aft) in each phase of the turn.
I would very much like to know what others think.[ March 27, 2003, 09:55 PM: Message edited by: AlexG ]