brett_f-Fan-ClubEveryone will have a different way to teaching to ski but here's mine.
Obviously teach snowplough first, keeping in mind these 3 rules;
1. Stay centred, by not being too far forward or back, this also means not leaning into the hill when moving across it (this puts weight on the uphill ski).
2. Turn by ONLY putting weight on the turning ski (left ski to turn right, right ski to turn left). This excluding leaning into the turn (like riding a bike) and trying to twist the upper body to get the lower body to turn.
3. And try and stay in a pizza position as much as you can, the bigger the pizza the slower you will go, also the sharper the turning angle. If a beginner tries to turn on a hill with a small pizza, they aren't going to turn very fast and chances are will pick up too much speed because they are facing down hill for too long and lose control.
- Spend more time going across the hill to control speed (weight on downhill ski)
- Keep an eye on her when she turns into the fall line, this can scare some when the speed picks up, which causes them to pull back a bit and put them in the back seat.
- Start on VERY easy slopes, an easy slope for you can be a nightmare for a beginner.
This should be enough to get her confident until she can parallel.
If anybody has any better methods please tell me so I can change mine.
This is really I think the best advice here if you really want to do this on your own. Lessons are a great option but it can turn into a pricey day - and not all instructors will be as invested in teaching them how to ski..
For rule number one I would Always tell beginners to keep their hands on their knees for the first few hours. It helps bring the weight forward and is a good thing to have her keep thinking about... Tell her to think about keeping the pressure from her shins on the front of the boot; knees bent hands on knees. This is huge to keep control of the ski.
For number two, sometimes telling people to push down their big toe onto the sole of the boot will create the edge pressure needed to initiate the turn. (Think of using the big toe to push a button)
Start at the bottom of the hill find a short short slope, or hike/skate halfway up the bunny-hill for those very first turns. Teaching her how to skate uphill or sidestep uphill helps get her familiar with the edges in a very inuitive way.
Stay patient. You're asking her to hang out in the cold in plastic boots that make you lean forward all weird, with slippery, sharp, clown shoes clamped on her feet. it might take a while before you can hit the chairlift but don't push her. It doesn't take much to get all out of control as a beginner and it doesn't take getting much out of control to get hurt.
but - it can all be done so go out there and have fun !