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post #61 of 65
Ladies and Germs,

This is the best thread for me as an instructor. Even though there are some things that fall in both the love and hate columns you have given me the best info to start the season with. I am looking at my technique and tweeking. Keep it coming.

BIG THNX LM for this thread! [img]graemlins/angel.gif[/img]
post #62 of 65
As a student, I'm curious as to why exercises are hated by others. Personally, if an instructor told me that waving a headless chicken over my head while skiing down a slope would help my skiing, and he/she could explain to me why it would help, I'd be going down a mountain with a headless chicken over my head. (If I saw good results, I'd probably be waving two over my head on the slopes after the lesson). So, is hate of an exercise directly related to the exercise itself or is related to the student's understanding (or lack thereof) as to why an exercise is being requested of him/her. For those of you who listed an exercise you hate, would you still hate it if you understood why you were doing it and you saw results from it?
post #63 of 65
I hate 1 ski skiing - because i can't stand on 1 foot on thecarpet at home really.
One of my instructors had decided I would learn it about 2 seasons ago - it seemed to dissappear from our sessions after one time when we did ski on 1 foot for a little & he asked howit felt - my answer 'I have no idea - too busy trying not to fall down'
We stopped after that - maybe we will go back when I balance better - but now we do 'tap 1 ski' or 'lighten 1 ski' if anything.

I will do whatever the instuctor wants - but if it doesn't work....

[ November 15, 2002, 12:22 PM: Message edited by: disski ]
post #64 of 65
I see the benefit of hop turns and understand where they apply.

I still hate them.

Other times, it's how the exercise is presented and in what context. To use Lisa Marie's much-hated upsidedown poles exercise as an example, at race camp we used it more to keep our focus a few gates ahead than as a countering exercise. The coach used this after a few other drills failed to keep us from looking at the very next gate. By keeping the entire course in view, we were naturally focused on two to three gates ahead and that translated after we put our poles down. There are other drills that do the same thing, but this one worked in the context it was used for our group.

Sometimes you need to shoot the messenger.
post #65 of 65

Thanks for the insight to your "style". My comment on steering was based on my vague recollection of the "direction" of a few for your posts over time. IMHO ski boards are a minimal steer type-learning tool. (arc2arc)

What does come to light in this thread is the fact that what we do on the hill is very much a blend of our "official" instructor learning process and our early "unofficial" learning process.

Nonetheless mastering as many drills as possible and transferring the mastery to every day skiing remains a powerful means of improvement.

when Phil and Steve did wedge hop wedeln to lead to short swing. It was a seamless exercise progression.
Note that in this seamless progression lay a prior mastery of drills such as javelin turns.

As Ziggy says a nice thread to start the season with.

Does PSIA do a “Drills 101” clinic.

Oz [img]smile.gif[/img]
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