I started my skiing adventure this season, particularly, last February. I have had around 10 hours of private lessons over a period of 2 months; and I worked with three different instructors. I am still having difficulty understanding certain principles especially those related to "turning" and also to "snowplough" stop which was the first technique I learned.
The first instructor I had emphasized, from the beginning, on "pressing" the knees downward to cause pressure on the tips of the skis. He told me if I press both knees downward simultaneously, this will cause the tips of the ski to converge and the tails to diverge (snowplough), thus coming to a stop. It was difficult for me to do that as I couldn't grasp "how" to press the knees.
Later on, I saw other teachers (and also youtube videos) that perform the "snowplough" by rotating or pivoting the skis. In other words, you rotate the right foot to the left and the left foot to the right to form the "A" shape and come to stop. These teachers do not mention anything in regards to "pressing" the knees and applying pressure on the tips of the skis.
My question is to certified instructors: what is the correct way to a snowplough? are there two different methods, pivoting and pressing? which method do you teach to beginners?
-- I would appreciate a reply from ski expert "Bob Barnes" if he is around :)