In most cases a skier with even a modicum of courage will try to surmount obstacles in his path and pass them directly. Nevertheless, in exceptional situations a skier may need to execute an abrupt stop. When skiing in a snowplough position, the T-stop is a technique suitable for executing such a stop.
Daniel came to the course as a strong self taught telemarker. He started off with an upright body, hands too close together, a low stance, weak pole plants, little angulation and late edging. By the second day Dan's stance had become tallker and he started to apply edge pressure earlier in the turn. On the third day Dan's stance was taller again, he started to pole plant effectivly, was using more angulation and was edging at the top of the turn.
Acacia came to the course as a self taught intermediate telemarker with poor upper body discipline, poor left ski pressure, weak pole plants, late edging, poor steering and she rotated and inclinated into her turns. On the second day her upper body discipline and pole plants improved. On the third day Acacia's Upper body discipline continued to improve, she got more rear ski pressure, her pole plants improved, she rotated and inclined less. Her steering and edging also improved.
Owain came to the course as a back country tourer who had taught himself telemarking. On the first day Owain had poor upper body discipline, a long poodly stance, poor rear ski pressure, weak pole plants, he rotated & inclined and he had poor steering and late edging. On the second day Owain's upper body discipline improved his stance became tighter and he improved his pole plants. On the third day his upper body discipline was good, his stance became tighter and he was able to get more pressure on the rear ski.
The process detailed below was part of remounting a pair of Rossi 9X 183cm GS race skis I bought to participate in the masters races this year against the alpine racers, except I'll be telemarking (hopefully I might manage to beat one or two). Before I started work on this article I sold the alpine bindings and I had a two pairs of skis with holes in them ready to be remounted (a pair of SL skis as well). I recommend Tognar for workshop supplies throughout this article due to the excellent service and prices they have offered me.