Are any of you guys or gals decent slalom skiers?
This summer I secretly started picking up my right foot while skiing trying to strengthen my left leg, in hopes of someday learning to slalom.
My 13 yr. old figured it out, and in mid August tried some deep water starts without ever skiing on one ski. Amazingly he got up 3 out of about 12 tries but could not ski.
Next time out we went on a cloudy Thursday to my childhood lake. We were the only ones there. I managed to drop a ski for the first time ever without hurting myself. I just could not get my right foot in. My son tried it then, and was successful. I am still hearing about it. Third time out the little punk manages 2 deep water starts, and is now going in and out of the wake with ease. I am still trying to get that second foot in the ski. Two more times out and I still cannot balance while trying to get that right foot in, while my son made it around Bantam Lake. Nearly a 10 minute ride. Any tips to help this old dog learn a new trick? FYI, I am fairly certain I have the wrong foot forward. I tried reversing, but the right leg is not nearly as strong as the left.
I learned to slalom back in the day, but last time I did it, I found out just how fast all that leg work tires you out, especially in choppy water. (At my age, like, 100 yards or less!) I never mastered the drop one ski method, and finally just learned to get up on one, with both feet already firmly in the slalom bindings. It's actually easier than dropping one ski. When I taught some of my grandkids, I bought a big wide slalom ski designed for large adults. It was called a Connelly Big Daddy and I got a great deal on a factory blem. They would pop right up like a cork.
Couple tips that helped me: Put a lot of weight on the rear foot, lean back hard, and just steer by leaning. I don't think it matters which foot you put in front or rear binding. Have fun! Once you get a few good starts, it's as easy as riding a bicycle, well, almost.
Dont rush to get your foot in the rear pocket. You can ski a long time on one foot. I get my foot behind me on the ski, feel around for the pocket then gradually shift my weigh back. Don't rush it, and upset your balance/