Thanks Fastman. That did help. I knew that because I was stationary (and also because I was sleepy and half awake
: ), that I was not feeling all of the turning forces. I have used this drill before, to help with turn initiation, forward and lateral balance, and for those who might have a "lazy" inside foot. When I have done this drill on the ski hill, it does feel like your legs are swinging like a pendulum underneath you. Transfer this to two ski turns, and the difference in someones skiing is dramatic! I knew that it worked, but I did not understand all of the mechanics behind it (just as I know how to punch buttons on this computer, but I do not know how it works). If I am going to improve as an instructor, I need to understand the biomechanics behind these drills. That is one of my "quests" this summer, and this forum is a great help.
I would like to take all of the fundamentals that have been developed in this thread (not just the first 9), and expand on them in individual threads. Describe the fundamental; describe why it is important; describe the biomechanics behind each basic fundamental; describe drills to enhance this fundamental aspect of skiing; and then later this summer, after we have gone through this process; blend these fundamental basic aspects of skiing, and try to make a bigger picture of it all.
Is anyone game? [img]smile.gif[/img]