Have to admit, wasn't trying to offend anyone with a post, if so my apologies. Feels like I turned in an essay and had the teacher give me an "F" with lots of red ink and better not to post in the 1st place.
Again, should clarify, my post is just my personal observations/thoughts and I'll admit I can be wrong or misunderstand a concept. Not an instructor, just actually reading posts/video posts and comments to personally learn.
I think the thought I agree with/was conveying was a previous post:
The first-timers I teach, if they buy the all-day five hour lesson, and if they are reasonably physically fit, are making parallel turns by the end of their first day. The wedge is only good for lift line speed control. Get away from it on the hill as soon as possible--hours, not months or years.
Our brains learn anything new by forming new neural connections. At first a new movement takes place in the thinking part of the brain. I think I will spread the ski tails, then.... This brain activity is slow and tiring. After a few hundred repetitions the new neural connections have been formed, and we have "learned" the new movement. It is automatic like walking, and our brains can think of something new.
Do not practice a movement that you'll discard so many times that it becomes "muscle memory." Avoid anything you'll have to "un-learn." It takes several thousand repetitions to change a learned movement. Look at all the unfortunate skiers who learned stem christie/wedge christie for no good reason other than the fact that it was part of the dogma. Some still have trouble breaking that habit after years of struggle.
I agree that it makes sense to get away from "the wedge" and avoiding anything that you have to "un-learn." Obviously, that may not be common thought.
I did post my observation that, unfortunately, I've seen very often, and what has led to ask (apparently not in the right form), why is there so much emphasis on wedging for some kids? That's an
honest question. Obviously, the good kids can start to wedge and go on to become Olympic level skiers. Perhaps a good thought, but a tangent would be, how do you get kids that seem unwilling to let go of a wedge and resort to using a wedge type stance in situations where it really doesn't seem called for, such as in the trees/bumps/or on most steep terrain (or is that thought wrong).
I've seen pretty frequently what I personally interpret as kids skiing down what looks rather dangerous and uncontrolled wedge type stance, often at relatively high speeds. It also looks uncomfortable. I've also watched kids stuck in a fear scenario in a brake type wedge on intermediate or higher terrain. Again, my thought is they is why are they taken on that terrain when it doesn't appear they are ready (and I've seen that watching some group kid lesson occasionally), and only wonder if it reinforces their wedge stance vs getting to what seems to be, in lay thought, a better more parallel form overall. So if I used the word "cringe" it relates to that type of wedge observation, maybe that could be interpreted as the wrong word, but wasn't meant to offend anyone.
I'm sure I'm wrong, but if a kid is more in a direct to parallel pattern, in a lay sense, it seems they'll typically do go into a small gliding wedge in a turn more naturally.
I also thought the 1st day everyone put on skis they have to learn a wedge, but I could be wrong again.
In any event, not going out to give lessons to kids/others, but just thought the "wedge" discussion was interesting after going through teaching my own kid, like many parents do in life.
Personally found that experience challenging, but rewarding and have no regrets.
Opting to try to learn/find good videos (especially those who post with video examples) and provide tips to my son as a parent/any parent is really personal prerogative.
I'm always open to seeking advice/instruction/coaches, etc but sometimes things may not be that practical nor affordable.
Bottom line, it's a good thing I'm not instructing.
No response is desired so this post can end.