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5 days into guiding a 12 day private lesson (my first in 9 years) and after a goofy fun Christmas day skiing it was time to spice it up a little and really give the clients something to think about. What shall I do? We have done the drills, killed the exercises etc.

Well the brilliance and talent of the ES forum gave me lots of new material to work with.

Basically today’s lesson experience was based on the concept of "skiing the slow line fast". Now I am a bit of a slow learner so the best way to get this concept to make sense was to get out and apply it. We skied the whole mountain for the skiing and did not worry too much about technique. The concept of not using turning as a brake was the key focus. I needed to get my head around this as well. Also the concept of mixing up the weight on the skis to suit the carve skis and the terrain\snow\turn shape was also on the table. With all this info garnered from the ES discussions I had a major breakthrough with Mrs. client (level 6) and Mr. client (level 8) Using the info from ES and applying it with humble Aussie humor, Mrs. client skied the mountain as a skier and not as a timid wife of Mr. client. Mr. Client (and no dummy) was wrapped with my expose of weighting carve skis, early weight transfer and skiing the mountain as a “non defensive” skier.

Thanks ES contributors. Your ideas and discussion (once I grasp them) are making me a better instructor.

Man I love this job. May the turns be with you!

Oz [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img]

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 26, 2001 09:14 PM: Message edited 1 time, by man from oz ]</font>
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Congratulations, Man from OZ!

The breakthrough from defensive skiing (turning to control speed) to offensive skiing (turning to control direction, skiing the "slow line fast") is a true "paradigm shift" of the highest order for many skiers! It is the real key to breaking out of the "intermediate rut" and getting on the road to real expert skiing.

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
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Its a chicken-or-egg type of thing in my view: Accepting "falling" into turns with the body or selecting line to control speed instead of using turns for that purpose are about equally important to really good skiing.
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Kneale I agree with you. My post was one of excitement as I had got a new message (and way of thinking for me) across clearly and it was understood in total. There is still miles to go with Mrs. Client (still timid and probably always will be) BUT the concept is sown and Mr. Client is looking at "working the hill" instead of the hill working him. Mrs Client now has a new prespective that is building her confidence. i.e. she no longer sees danger but rather sees a challenge to be overcome at her own pace.

When I really analyse the past days Mrs. Clients biggest asset is that Mr. Client is patient and caring but at the same time also very much encourages the team to keep skiing (all bloody day). I am just the humble technical facilitor and guided discovery leader.

Cheers.

Oz

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 27, 2001 04:17 PM: Message edited 1 time, by man from oz ]</font>
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