Originally Posted by tdk6
If they are just one or two lessons behind its not so bad. Skiing is a life long learning experience and most skiers never reach beyond intermediate. It also gives you an edge, getting better students results and thus improving on your own reputation as a skill full instructor. And you cannot change the world around you.
First, though I love to have a good reputation among students, clients and sponsors, my goal is to get the student skiing with the most solid basket of fundamentals possible. In my approach ANYTHING that has to be "unlearned" (IMHO) is verbotten.
Skiing is not unlike learning a musical instrument. The new player/skier will not be a virtuoso immediately and will need time to develop. In some cases it can take a long time. Like skiing, in the music world we see many more people drop out before they achieve enough progress to make it truly enjoyable. At least skiing has many more social aspects. But we have a motto in music education that has some application in skiing as well: "Get the student to go as far as they can, as fast as they can, before the enthusiasm fades".
If our goal is to build life long skiers, it is our duty to do just that. Bring them along as far as we can, as fast as we can. The term "terminal intermediate" applies to far too many would-be skiers who would be far further ahead with a proper foundation. [Ask me about my sons-in-law some time.]
Wedges probably come in more than two varieties. I teach the wedge in the fall line with equal pressure on both skis. By shifting pressure from one ski to another without altering edge angles particularly the outside ski they learn to turn in the opposite direction of where the pressure is applied.
This is where you and I digress. I believe that pressure is largely passive and a naturally occurring phenomenon, even at lower levels. Our old venn diagram illustrated the three skiing skills- steering, edging, pressure (but functions more like steering, edging/pressure). And what is the goal at that level? TURN SHAPE!. Direction change. Once the student is comfortable sliding we can immediately teach direction change. We can utilize NATURAL movements that most people already possess. Turn your feet where you want to go. Shape the change of direction (a number of exercises can be employed while sliding is feed into the picture) walking, shuffling, guided sliding. Once any amount of speed it comfortable you'll find skiers making TWO FOOT guided turns. It's not that a wedge won't sometimes appear when the outside turns at a faster rate than the inside... But the inside must be trained to turn (in the direction of the turn) nonetheless even if friction and slow speed hampers the rate at which it turns.
...And now as the student experiences direction change... the mass will continue to be pulled to the outside of even the slightest direction change at even the slowest speeds. Pressure transfer is largely provided though some instruction might be needed to show the student how to allow their body (CoM) to shift properly with the changing dynamics. Guiding (steering) is still the primary turning force. In this approach added pressure is created by the forces generated by the turn shape rather than something the student physically attempts to do to add pressure? The student doesn't have to reverse any directional foot movement (except for learning the braking wedge for lift lines and cat tracks) and will segue from steering to edging movements (in the proper direction) as steering and edging are related through the body mechanics (of the femur rotating within the hip socket). And we must not forget that there is a NATURAL progression of steering- leading to edging and increased edge angles as the student progresses. Anything we instructors do to disrupt the NATURAL progression or teach something that must be unlearned is counter-productive and IMO simply incorrect.