What I am going to say is veery "old school" and I hope that I don't get beat up too badly.
One of the greatest fears is falling forward so, students naturally gravitate to the "back seat". One of the things that I DEMONSTRATE ......... and tell them NOT to try ......... I lean totally forward with all of the pressure on the front of my boots and extended the poles out from my sides. You can place all your weight on the front of those boots and NOT come out of the bindings and get VERY far forward (and down)....
I am very clear that this is a demonstration of how the equipment works...... so that they won't be afraid of forward pressure and come SPROOOOINGING out, catapulted into a nice face plant...... because that is the root of that fear.
This is one that you have to try. Maybe some of the more seasoned pros can give you some reasons why NOT to do this. Yes, I do still have some fear that someday I won't be clicked in right and will end up eating "snow and crow" in front of a class.... but, so good so far.
The other, perhaps the most common problem is that they attempt to turn with lean and shoulder and rotation instead of edging and pressure.
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 07, 2001 04:57 PM: Message edited 1 time, by yuki ]</font>