Ydnar, thanks for the explanations.
I have yet to have a student, or an instructor in a clinic, tell me that using the right foot to intiiate and form a right turn and the left foot to initiate and form a left turn is something that they have already experienced and use in their skiing.
Well, that may be the case. It is one of the drills we have been using for years. I do not buy it as the way to turn or "Fanthom move" I guess of Herb. I am not saying that it may not be usefull for getting you students out of the wedge. i simply do not know much about teaching beginners.
In the high level skiing (not just racing)we teach edging both skis at the same time while keeping them aligned parallel. Nothing new in that I am sure.
They have been taught that they need to pressure the left ski to go right and the right ski to go left, just as Lenny suggests in his presentations (Lenny does do a very good job of explaining how to pressure the outside ski if you want to teach that).
Sure, but I know that he teaches moving both legs (skis) into the turn when it comes to advance students.
early edge for a carved turn. Since, my presentations always seem to be new to those who are recieving them it is natural for me to think that what I am presenting is in some degree novel.
I see. Well I am just not too big on focusing on one movement and building the whole teaching system and phylosophy around it as does Herb and all of the Dierct Parallel Instructors. I think it is another extream from PSIA.
One national team level coach said that he uses inside leg with high level skiers but had never used it with lower levels considering it a technique to be introduced when use of the outside leg has been firmly established.
Well, a national level coaches usually do not work with really low level students. In any case we teach the use of the inside ski as a part of developing the movement pattern as whole. As I said, I do not agree with using the movemnt of inside ski as the main focuse in developing modern technique. Yet it is one of the important components which should not be ignored.
I'll talk about movement of the cm next time but untill then I'll ask you a question. How do I move my cm into the turn to create edge? I agree that edge angle is produced by the body being to the inside of the feet but how do I get it from one side of the feet to the other?
In modern racing we mostly use the cross-under movement which is acheaved by flexion of the legs and extension on the other side. It is not an easy thing to teach. I would first start with the cross-over - the extension of the legs forward in the direction of the future turn i.e. projection of the CM. Both legs take part in this movement as opposed to just the inside as I understand the "Fanthom" business.
I have explained it more here: http://www.youcanski.com/english/coa...ique_of_gs.htm
The more detailed version of this article was published in "Professional Skier" this winter.