|Originally posted by TCarey:
So John, what did you do for this. Maybe some kind of skating excersise? Why were they slamming on the brakes at the end of the turn? Skiing to close to the person in front? Too much edge set? Inappropriate turn shape?
What put everyone on the brakes was trying to keep their place in a synchro skiing formation. Synchro skiing is pretty hard unless you practice it a lot. My solution was simply to tell them all to flatten their skis in the fall line, way before the end of the turn. It results in a real skiddy turn finish. Keep in mind these guys had all passed Level 3 skiing, so they had all practiced every standard exercise for years, and it takes something unusual to get them into a different movement pattern. I had actually never done that drill myself, but when I realized I wasn't sure I could do the demo, it was too late to change the plan. As simple as that drill was, it scored a 4 for 4.
The home run for me was outrigger turns. You get as low to the snow as possible, with one leg extended straight to the side. You point down the hill and get carving on the extended leg while riding a flat ski on the inside leg. When the forces build up, switch legs. The next step is switch legs but keep your hips low to the snow. The next step is get the inside ski up on edge. Emphasize a wide stance, and moving forward, as all the flexing tends to put you in the backseat. This drill is fast and fun, and Level 2's should be able to do it easily.