Lisamarie asked for a response from the Beginner's Magic camp, and here it is.
Our program is very much like the other direct parallel programs. If you would refer to what was posted last season, ( I think in the month of Dec ) about the direct parallel program that we teach in the Ski Schools of Aspen, ( Beginner's Magic ) you will see the similarities. Of coarse, it is still a learning experience in what works the best for our guest and us as ski pros. And it's not written in stone, yet. [img]smile.gif[/img]
To answer some of the concerns that Vman forth,
>>tipping, moving the tips in the right direction, and letting the weight move as physics intended it instead of a conscious stepping to the uphill ski. <<
I'm with you on this one Vman. Although I do introduce some stepping, it's not a big part of the early lesson plan for me after they have their skis on. Although, I do show them that if things get tight in the turn speed wise, they can always step up the hill to stop quicker. I would rather see the student start gliding on the skis as soon as possible.
>>And lastly, you'll have to come beat me over the head with a physics book to get me to understand how just tipping the ski will cause any speed control unless you have room to turn those skis back uphill. <<
And that's correct. You have to have room to let the skis go back up the hill. If you do have the room, it is a effective speed control method. HH does not believe that any steering should be incorporated,
: which IMHO is asking a lot of a new skier. I start my new students with balance and tipping drills, and yes, carved railroad track parallel type turns across a very gentle hill from the get-go. But before we go to steeper terrain, I'm talking and showing them some steering moves so they have another option for controlling their speed if things get a little scary on the edge.
: I'm not talking about wedge turns. These are steered parallel turns they can do pretty easily because of what they've already learned with the tipping skills. Just don't tip as much and point your toes where you want to go, and you will skid. Also the steeper terrain I'm referring to is not that steep. In fact, it's an easy green run. Even there a student can get some speed up if riding just the edge through the turn. For some, it's exciting. But for others, it's very scary. So to have something to fall back on, like steering skills, will save your day as a pro, and theirs as a new skier just trying to survive the first day and have some fun.
IMHO, the one thing that makes this all work is the short shaped skis that we have to work with. Without them, forget it!
I've had a full season to play with this teaching method, and it works. Teaching the wedge works also, but then you have to un-teach it. I do show them the wedge, and tell them that in case of an emergency or in the liftline, use it. Otherwise, parallel turns.
IMHO, I see most major teaching systems going in this direction in there " How to teach skiing progressions ". With the new technologies in equipment, it makes it all possible. And I firmly believe it make the process of learning how to ski a much more pleasant experience for our guests.--------------Wigs