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  1. geepers

    geepers Out on the slopes Skier

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    This will be us this Sunday. Here's a few suggestions in vids below....

    Some basic balance...


    More technical stuff...




    What do others work on that 1st day back?
     
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  2. oldschoolskier

    oldschoolskier Out on the slopes Skier

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    Simple side slips, followed by a few simple 360 spin drills after a few runs.

    Refreshes the balance and edge feel.

    Continue these same drills throughout the season.

    Everything else is based on this simple basic.
     
  3. Scruffy

    Scruffy Out on the slopes Skier

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    Survival? Haha...with the phenomenon called the WROD, I'd say that survival is the first thing I work on, given that I get out on said WROD :D

    Other than that. carving skills, since there're usually no bumps of consequence to entertain me.
     
  4. mister moose

    mister moose Instigator Skier

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    Yup, collision avoidance, bad boot day fit issues, snow gun goggle wiping drills, and reverse traverse stairs aerobic training. In between all that I do a few turns.
     
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    geepers Out on the slopes Skier

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    So working on what the aviation community call "situational awareness"...

    Fair enough.
     
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  6. surfsnowgirl

    surfsnowgirl Instructor Skier

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    Prety much this. I start out in the bunny hill on day one and gradually branch out as I feel more comfortable. We do a lot of this stuff in our early season Bromley clinics too which is nice. Getting new boots in October so all this stuff is even more important when I'm breaking in some new shoes.
     
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  7. Bad Bob

    Bad Bob old n' slow Skier

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    If at a major or WROD survival first which often means lots of little turns and taking up as little space as possible.

    At most of my regional mountains that is not such an issue thank God. Then it's pivot slips, fore and aft balance drills, 100 steps, javelin/stork turns, upper lower body separation, and turn completion.
     
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  8. dbostedo

    dbostedo Asst. Gathermeister-- Jackson Hole 2020 Moderator

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    Staying upright!

    That's only half a joke. My first day last season I fell several times in the first few runs... I blame it on new canting and unfamiliar skis, but I do find it takes a day to just get my ski legs back.
     
  9. James

    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    I always wonder if I’ll remember how. The only time that didn’t happen was when I skied a week in summer.
    One year I had to teach before I’d skied yet. I got in a half run before to make sure things still worked.
     
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  10. mdf

    mdf entering the Big Couloir Skier

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    For many years I felt like I couldn't ski the first day back. And worse, I felt like I might never enjoy skiing again. Of course, about 3 runs in, it would suddenly click and start working and being fun again. Then about ten years ago, for no apparent reason, I had a year without that problem and my first day has been fine since then.

    There were two years where I had a probably-related problem: my legs hurt like crazy the first couple ski days. I know it wasn't conditioning because the pain stopped suddenly in the middle of a run and everything was great after that.
     
  11. James

    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    Are we sure it wasn’t the boots from the 80’s? Every year they get another year older
     
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  12. mdf

    mdf entering the Big Couloir Skier

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    Nah, that was 3 or 4 years ago and hasn't happened since. Hey, maybe they are getting younger again!
     
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  13. James

    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    Even that new pair in the closet is getting older...
     
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  14. François Pugh

    François Pugh Making fresh tracks Skier

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    Like riding a motorcycle on a morning when I'm not feeling 100%, I focus on not killing my self - no pushing the limits - no seeing if I can turn harder and faster. Like riding a motorcycle, that lasts about a dozen turns, then I get intoxicated by the g-forces and forget about everything and just make the best turns I can. It's only by the grace of God that I'm still here.

    I may throw in the the usual drills (picture frame, hold poles and shoulders horizontal, outside pole drag) now and then.
     
  15. Kneale Brownson

    Kneale Brownson Out on the slopes Instructor

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    If I can find an appropriately safe space, sideslips to pivotslips. If not, a few foot-to-foot power wedges.
     
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  16. LiquidFeet

    LiquidFeet Making fresh tracks Instructor

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    If I'm not restricted to a crowded WROD I choose to do the following maneuvers on my first days, mostly at slow speed. This will be on man-made hard snow since I ski in New England.

    To regain precision edge control on the flat end of the spectrum, and to regain precision fore-aft balance:
    side slips
    pivot slips
    backwards pivot slips
    one-foot side slips BTE and LTE
    flat 360s
    extremely slow purely parallel turns on the lowest pitch terrain available

    To regain precision edge control on the edged end of the spectrum (starting low pitch and moving up):
    railroad tracks
    morph those to round carved turns (if traffic on the trail is absent)
    manipulate edging to create turns with different radii (if traffic is absent)
    mess around with carved turn completion
    *progress to steeper pitches (if no traffic and if terrain is available)

    To regain precision control over turn shape on various pitches:
    extremely short radius turns down the fall line, in a very narrow corridor, at various speeds, on green/blue terrain
    *modify platform angle to precisely control skid/carve ratio and turn shape
    *modify turn initiations from pivot-slippy to railroad-tracky to precisely control turn shape

    To check my boot alignment and to start building up ankle and leg strength:
    white-pass turns
    one-legged skiing

    For fun:
    bumps, if there are any

    I normally have plenty of goofy "wobbles" to work out at season's start. Since I started skiing late in life these wobbles may never entirely go away. The maneuvers with the *** are things I'll be working on all season and will start on as soon as the worst of the wobbles are beginning to dissipate.
     
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  17. James

    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    Little toe edge side slip?
    How does that work without face planting?
     
  18. Doug Briggs

    Doug Briggs Skiing the powder Industry Insider Pugski Ski Tester

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    I do some slow RR track turns on the top flats then let them roll into complete arced turns. Focus on balancing on the outside ski is what I usually forget. One turn where I begin to fall to the inside is enough to get me back on the outside ski. I don't drill per se, but I enjoy skiing one ski on the gentle pitches.
     
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  19. Wilhelmson

    Wilhelmson Out on the slopes Skier

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    For the kids' sake with new boots and/or skis we usually do a run or two on a green or easy blue to start the season.

    Basic skiing isn't that hard so I try to enjoy myself and make smooth turns in the morning. In the afternoon maybe do a few drills that I've picked up over the years. Oldschoolskier received the most likes so I'll try those drills this year.
     
  20. LiquidFeet

    LiquidFeet Making fresh tracks Instructor

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    Took me two seasons to get that to work.
     

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