I created this post because the two of you seem to have applied experimentation and the scientific method to all aspects of skiing with great success and I have many questions about what you've learned along the way. This post is specifically about what you've learned regarding practice methods; Reading your posts this offseason I've seen you mention a few drills often and I'm wondering if there are also other drills you employ and how much of one's water time should be spent on drills versus passes. Essentially, I'm wondering what program you would create if you were coaching a skier and had 100% control over the methods they used when practicing. I also have some specific questions about drills you have mentioned previously...(1) Pass the windshield drill
Adam Cord introduced this drill and it sounds like it is the
drill to do. I'm excited to spend time on this to improve outbound connection to the handle and get that 'aha' moment that may lead to shorter rope. My question is this: Is this the type of drill one should do until they get that 'aha' moment and then move on? Or is it the type of thing that skiers should be doing regularly?(2) The lean drill
This drill has been around for ever and I'm just referring to the drill where you pull out and continue to lean against the line all the way down the lake. The idea is to drill into your head the proper stacked position on both heelside and toeside. My question is: Given the dynamic nature of a wake crossing do you see this drill as having a place in the slalom skiers tool kit? Or is it just for beginners?(3) Two-handed slalom passes
A drill that I hear people talk about a lot but never see anyone do. I can see how this could have obvious benefits but, as with the other drills, I'm curious how much one should be doing this relative to running normal passes?(4) Sets in the course: Volume vs. Intensity
When skiing passes I normally strive to successfully complete about 80% to ensure I'm building muscle memory through repetition of good form. Do you prescribe to any beliefs about the best way to go about our time in the course?
Any other general lessons learned or philosophies on this topic? Given that it's the beginning of the season I'm open to trying new ideas and am interested in what the two of you think about this stuff!