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Lesson help for a level 3 candidate

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Tim (okskibum) had asked for help on a lesson plan/teaching portion of his exam. We started a thread/lesson to try to simulate a lesson. The lesson is now over. Can we get some feedback from the level 3's and examiners for Tim.

The thread was http://www.epicski.com/cgi-bin/ultim...c&f=4&t=000539

Thanks all.
post #2 of 4
There were some good comments on the original lesson thread, but I'll add my thoughts here.

First, I like sideslip exercises, the sideslip pivots and even the fan exercise with the body aimed at a target while the feet steer into uphill christies. They help develop separation of upper and lower body activities.

One of the problems that happen commonly when we "move into a turn" to help increase edging and carving from the point of initiation is that we do the moving from the top down. I seem to recall that when I watched dchan's one-turn video, there was some dip of the inside shoulder. This often accompanies an unintended heel push which begins the turn with a heel skid.

An important part of upper and lower body separation is relaxing and maintaining a generally upright torso that's basically unaffected by what the lower body is doing. The separation has to be something other than, say, making an anticipated move by turning the shoulders to face down the fall line before the skis are released and begin to face down the fall line. The latter will almost guarantee a tail skid at initiation.

The more appropriate emphasis in moving the torso into the turn to facilitate carving is not the direction the shoulders face but where the hips move. The hips need to move forward and into the turn without the cranking that might occur as the skis are released beneath a torso twisted into an anticipated position.

While the stair-step analogy for getting the hips moving makes some sense in the face of our lack of snow and slope to work with, even when you make acknowledgement of the need to avoid "up and over" movement, I dislike the resulting tendency to base the turn initiation on an uphill leg extension.

If one leg extends, the other should too.

Just rolling the downhill (new inside) foot onto its little toe side does not move the hips forward enough to eliminate the tendency for "up and over" launch. I think this is why some folks feel the necessity to pull their feet back under themselves after the initiation. They're not getting the hips far enough into the forward component of moving into the turn at the start, so they have to belatedly correct with the pulling back activity.

So, after establishing the separation, I'd have liked to see some of the pivot-slip time devoted to sensing flattening and steering of both feet, sensing some equal weighting on both feet and becoming aware of the path the hips take down the hill during the pivot-slips.

Then I'd have preferred some activites designed to help feel hip movement into turns. Some thousand steps with an upright torso. Some turning left and right on the left foot and then on the right foot, etc., again with focus on how the hips move.
post #3 of 4
Given the difficulty of the format I think both OKskibum and dchan did a great job. The "external" comments were excellant too.

Relative to your exam preparation if I were an examiner some questions I might ask are what would your next steps be to take the new skills you are developing with the pivot slips into turns. Pivot slips essentially move down the fall line while turns are arcs. Also could you expand on the thought of playing with varying edge angles throughout the turn and provide some exercises.

As a suggestion always be prepared to answer where you would go next and why (or depending on your exam format to takeover and continue from another candidates progression).

Good Luck with your exam. [img]smile.gif[/img] It's been years since I've taken a cert exam but I'm reliving those days in the golf side of my life. :
post #4 of 4
Interesting comments. One thing I would add. Look at the pole swings. They tend to almost come across the body, blocking movement into the fall line. Perhaps, an image of doing the pole swing in the direction of intended travel, and keeping the inside/uphill hand ahead of the body will create more of a flow.
Also, look at the knees, they seem to turn into the fall line, then stop. If the skier could keep the knees moving into the hill, and then, without pause, back down the hill, the turns would flow better.
The dip of the inside shoulder, I think, is a result of a closed pole swing, and the uphill hand moving back.
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