Originally Posted by LiquidFeet
OK, so I'm working on imagining it. When you get into a wedge, you usually are on flattish terrain going nice and slow. The point of working on something in a wedge is for doing stuff slowly. Maybe also for isolating one leg at a time. For beginning students the wedge helps them to not fall over while working on stuff, and slows them down on hard flat snow (ice coast talking here) so they aren't so weirded out. The wedge can also be a great attention-getter for an intermediate skier who never expected to be put into a wedge to practice something they need to learn.
I get it that doing things slowly as an advanced/expert skier is very good for building precision in one's own personal skiing. It's harder to do stuff slowly than at speed often because balance becomes more testy and muscles are worked differently when moving in slo-mo. It's easier to tell what exactly you are doing if you have to do it at a snail's pace too, since paying attention to small movements is easier.
As an instructor I demo in a wedge for beginners and also for intermediates that I have put back into a wedge to focus on something special. I can think about my own performance while I'm doing this.
Teaching people can give you the opportunity to practice your own stuff at their pace. Is that what you mean? Or are you focusing on those technical issues of getting the wedge christie just right? Am I totally missing your point?
The point is simply if you cant balalnce properly or use ILS properly at the low end...what chance have you got at the high end? None.
So use the time you spend demoing low end to your clients to train yourself to become aware of "where are my feet? supporting the mass?", ILS?, Can I make subtle fore/aft adjustments, can I feel it?, is my upper body stable?, can I make a variety of turn shapes? Can I alter my turn shape - mid turn? Can I "mix and match" my moves to generate variety of outcomes (flex to release, extend to release, flex mid turn, extend mid turn, ski low, ski tall, etc)
Teaching wedges is pretty rare these days...but, the same principles apply when teaching basic parallel....
Exercieses are just ways of breaking skiing down, so you can focus on this or that....lower end skiing is thus, just an exercise of sorts for higher end skiers...just slows it down, so they can focus on this or that.
Are there things low end skiing cant teach you? Of course...tons...but the more important building blocks of skiing, namely balance...can be developed to a certain degree anyway at the low end.
Edited by Skidude72 - 5/13/13 at 4:22pm