So as of this year I started doing ski instruction I have my CSIA level I certification since January. Sometimes a tough job for me as I'm not the best at explaining how to do things, especially when all the things I can do have become such a natural movement for me.
Anyways, I'm fairly good at teaching first timers how to get moving and how to get them sliding down the hill most of the time, but when I have to teach the more advanced skiers and the repeat customers who are ready to start moving into parallel skiing, I start to lose my cool.
The challenging lessons are often kids who are between the ages of 5 to 10 that can snowplow fairly well and turn while snowplowing, but I often have trouble getting them to break away from snowplowing. I tried doing tactics like stomping your inner foot through a turn, balancing on 1 foot, hockey stops or just turning your feet and doing little ski slides left to right. When we tried doing these maneuvers, I've try to emphasize bending the legs more, but sometimes I have a hard time explaining how much I want them to lower their body into the turn. it frustrates me when I can't seem to find some method of getting the results I want to see. a lot of them are understandably very rigid and very straight like it and sometimes I can't quite get them to loosen up and become more mobile.
So I'm asking any other ski instructor: what tactics, tricks, and tips do you use to help people get on the "fast track to parallel"?