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SHORT CUT TO THE SHORTSWING
Ezra Bowen
December 15, 1958
Willy Schaeffler introduces a class of youngsters to the fun-and-games way of learning the fundamentals of skiing
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December 15, 1958

Short Cut To The Shortswing

Willy Schaeffler introduces a class of youngsters to the fun-and-games way of learning the fundamentals of skiing

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Tumbling down practice slope in purposeful fall, Willy shows the class how to roll after header so that skis will be resting downhill from body, in the best position for getting up again (see top of next page).

Getting up from fall shown at bottom of opposite page, Willy puts both poles together, bends knees to get boots beneath his body. Next he spreads hands to grip poles at top and bottom, then sticks points into snow on uphill side next to hip. Prom this position, by leaning forward and thrusting with poles, he can rise to his feet with little effort.

Skating on skis duplicates thrust and glide of similar action on ice, helps beginners learn balance and coordination. Novices should start skating near end Of gentle downhill run while skis are still moving forward. Begin by shifting weight to left ski. Then push off from inside edge of left ski and shift weight to right ski. Stay on right ski as long as possible, then push back to left. At first, grip poles in middle and use exaggerated arm swing as shown by Schaeffler and Lester Johnson to help with lift and rhythm.

Ready for mountain, Willy leads class in comma position, basic point of depar ure for all advanced maneuvers. In teaching children, use maximum demonstration, minimum conversation, since small fry can imitate better than they can understand.

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