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The deep V handle was a savior for my early learning days last season. It not only keeps the ski centered: I’m convinced it’s chief advantage is that it pulls the front of the ski onto plane. I’ve had to almost tear it off of the ski a few times.

I’m glad my buddies put up with me, as I turned out to be a very challenged deep water starter on the regular rope. Thankfully it’s muscle memory now and I can spend my time and energy learning how to slalom!
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Just in case she is misinterpreting something folks are saying about the one foot in start. From an ancient water skiing book I have, but still, a great picture.



Note that he is using an ancient "double handle" rope, but it acts just like the deep v handle some of the guys above have been talking about.

I am sure she will get it soon enough and its not worth going out and buying a new to you ski for, but just a subtle difference in ski shape can make a difference in getting up. A relative new comer to the sport friend of mine bought a slightly wider (not one of those big easy things that are 18 inches wide) His you would barely notice it is a slightly wider body. But I have three other skier family/friends that have trouble getting up on one ski have no trouble at all getting up on this one. I am sure it helped my friend learn to get up on one, but I bet he would have no trouble now getting up on a narrower, higher level ski.
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I know she will get it! In the meantime, after some tries, I hope she just drops a ski and has fun, she definitely should not put skiing on hold just because the starts are coming with difficulty. I just started to ski this season 2 weeks ago, had shoulder surgery May 4th, and am dropping a ski to avoid the yank of a deepwater start. No shame in it, even in my case after 45 or so years of slalom skiing!
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Thanks all for the replies. Mrs. Poorhouse read this last night and was touched by all the help.
The picture above is really helpful.. We found a YouTube video where you can see the back leg out start, but this helps visualize. She's going to give it a try next time out.

She is still flummoxed by how easily she got up two times. Whether or not the one foot method works for her having something else to think about and focus on will be a benefit.

In this conversation we've been focusing on her frustration. She is still having fun. She tries 3-5 times on the slalom ski. If she doesn't have success she switches over to two skies for a run.

We're hoping there may be a hidden benefit from her struggles as well. Our 8 year old is seeing her have to really work hard to learn something. He gets frustrated if he can't learn something quickly. We use this as an example of tenacity.
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My buddy told me to put pressure on front foot with two feet in and “hold it there”. Works every time now.
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I have been slalom skiing for years and have taught many people to get up in deep water. The key I have found is to put a lot of pressure on the your front toes in the front foot and then sit on your back foot(butt low) as much as possible. Arms straight. This usually gives you enough control over the ski while it planes out.
Good luck and have fun, it is one of favorites things to do.
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Another season coming. Ice is off the lakes, sunny and 60 today.

Mrs. Poorhouse is determined to get it this year.
She will have some competition from our 9 year old who is also determined to slalom this year. Should be fun!   
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I’ve asked my youngest daughter who just turned 18 if she wants to learn to slalom ski and she said yes.   Last September my son who does everything athletically with great ease got up on his fourth try and hasn’t missed a start yet.

I wish I were so inclined but at least I’m stubborn enough to keep learning however slowly. Turning 60 was not as much fun as earlier birthdays.
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Sh1t, me on my 35th birthday vs 36th you’d swear it’s not the same person. My young days ended way too soon.
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Orlando 76 you've been through 3 lifetimes of difficulties this year with your leg and your son's CF. Stay after it, you'll be better in a few more months. You're still in the first half at least of the life's journey.
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Originally posted by Orlando76 Orlando76 wrote:

Sh1t, me on my 35th birthday vs 36th you’d swear it’s not the same person. My young days ended way too soon.


You’re not even close to past your youth in spite of life’s obstacles. Keep the faith and soldier on!
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Will be 48 this summer. I've noticed a lot more muscle tension this year.
Everything feels tight. Need to do more stretching.
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