Drill Benefits of learning how to ski switch?

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  1. surfsnowgirl

    surfsnowgirl Instructor, newbie Subaru driver and winter lover Skier

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    Had a 2 hour clinic with my instructor comrades at my mountain on Sunday and we spent a good bit of time skiing backwards, doing falling leaf, on ground 360s and I thought of this thread. It's amazing what a couple hours of those kinds of drills does. I felt like I could ski after that, really ski, using edges and everything. They had us even doing this down the steep section feeding into the main base area. Great couple of hours.
     
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    Mendieta Master of Snowplow Moderator

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    Day 4 of the season. First Day with more than a wrod run for me. I went to a flat area on a beginner run. Baby steps but it was fun. I struggled to get parallel edges but I got a C shaped RR Track here or there. No linked turns. But hey. Got a few 180's to a stop. Little things to gain a little more balance and confidence ... Thank you all for the help here!
     
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    Progress report: day 13 of the season. It's been pretty crowded in Tahoe so I practiced little of this. But yesterday I went up to Sugar Bowl. Very few people in the morning, and there is a perfect place there to start. A very long, wider than usual cat-track. I think it's 3 times the standard width, it goes between the Lincoln and the Disney chairs. Probably 300 yards? 400? Anyways, I was able to do my first linked RR tracks. The beauty of this is that you can see your tracks. I think I was able to go like 25 to 30 yards at a time. Progress! And pick up some speed, since i am more confident in stopping (ugly) or turning all the way to facing downhill (fugly, but hey).

    One of my biggest issues is keeping the skis flat as I go from straight to switch or back (I always edge at least a bit). Of course, that's the key of the 360 (which I obviously don't do properly). Learning how to do that will help improve my transitions in carving anyways. It's all related. Thank you all for encouraging me on this, once again. I hope this thread helps others, too!
     
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    James Making fresh tracks Instructor

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    You're doing switch rr tracks? That's impressive.
    Your ski getting caught might be a canting issue. You could try with the top buckle loose, power strap on but not super tight. Do this very carefully till your used to it.
     
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    DUDE! I skied with Phil the other day. He noted my canting issue. I am hoping to be on tighter and newly tuned boots soon. These were a good transition from day 20 to day 90 in my journey, but are no good anymore.

    As for the "impressive" bit, it was really low speed and like 3 or 4 turns, tops. I don't think I would impress any witness of my baby steps, haha. But I was happy for sure, thanks!
     
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    James Making fresh tracks Instructor

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    Just be aware that tighter can solve problems and create more. Like destroying the balance system if the boot is not setup properly. Do not lock up the ankle or foot. It's complicated, and "properly" is not well understood yet in general.
    Currently I've been skiing with both top buckles undone and just a booster because of not enough forward lean and a cuff issue.
     
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