Starting Slalom Skiing
Now that you can navigate two skis, it's time to slalom. You can learn to drop a ski, but ultimately we want to do a deepwater start. The start isn't that different than getting up on a pair of skis, there is just more balance involved. So, just like with two skis, we are going to keep our knees completely bent and arms completely straight. The balance really comes from engaging your core, which will help keep you in a ball and allow you to rock up on the water; otherwise, your upper and lower body become independent of each other, making it easier to get pulled out. You also want to keep your ski pointed to the side. If you are right-foot forward, point it to the right, and vice versa. When the boat starts to pull you, it will always pull the ski in to the rope, so the more you angle the ski will help. I generally like to teach people with the back foot in the binding, but if you need to, you can drag your back foot behind you to start. Don't be in a rush to jam it in the binding once you're up. Take time to get balanced out and place it on the back of the ski. Now you are just going to keep your knees slightly bent and arms straight.