Level 4 – Course Skier
You run the course consistently at 15 off at fast speeds (32 to 36 mph) and are close to mastering 22 off and 28 off at fast speeds. You're learning one-handed turns and keeping your hands close to your body while crossing the second wake. Working toward understanding the differences among styles, such as traditional and West Coast slalom, you're keeping an open mind about how to apply their physical principles.
Name: Glen Juback
Skills: With nearly 30 years under his vest, Juback is comfortable skiing the course at 28 off or better at 34 mph.
Working On: Juback was on a mission to improve his gate performance and to build better rhythm. Mastering a new ski has proven challenging, so he was hopeful that professional tweaking would help.
Coach's Take: “Glen skis with too much weight on his back foot,” said Thomas Degasperi. “He needs to get more weight on his front foot before he starts his first movement. He was also starting too early on his gates and was drifting back and not carrying enough speed. A later pullout will help him maintain speed when he turns in for the gates. It worked; he was happy.”
Tip: Stay Balanced
Even when you've reached this level of skiing, it's important to remember the fundamental skiing position you learned early on. Terry Winter, who worked with Nestor on his stance, noted that the biggest challenge was getting him to stay balanced over his ski. “There are a few fundamentals in skiing that work for everyone,” he says. “Staying balanced over the center of the ski is important for the ski to work well.”
Tip: Stay Balanced
Tip: Use Video
One tool that can help skiers across the board attain that perfectly balanced stance is video. Says Chris Parrish, “I recommend [to all the Fantasy Camp skiers] that their training partners video them and go over it.” When you go back and watch the video after your training session, keep an eye out for where the water breaks on the ski. If you're watching one of your turns, and you see the water breaking behind your front binding, then you obviously have too much weight on your back foot.