First, thank you to those who chimed in regarding my parallel turns question. I have my gear: Scarpa TX Pro boots, NTN Freedom bindings, and for skis, the shop and instructor both suggested Salomon Q90 177's (I'm 6'1 180 lbs). My Alpine skis are Bonafides and Patrons (I like 'em wide even on hard pack), but the guys suggested slightly narrower and softer to learn telemark on. What I noticed right away was that my stance wants to be in a wedge/snowplow and I have to force the skis to run parallel. When doing parallel turns, the tips want to be closer than the tails. In the telemark turn, they also want to point in a wedge. Turning left isn't too bad, but when turning right my downhill/forward ski wants to turn uphill almost while the back ski is difficult to bring around so it isn't pointing downhill.
I am just wondering if this is part of the learning curve or if there is a misalignment somewhere (I am a bit knock kneed). I have taken a couple of short lessons and am just trying to work on the basics I have learned. Have been out 3 times now. Could it also be the skis? Maybe I need the width I am used to?
I'd appreciate any advice or info you may have. Despite all this, I am loving it and am determined to master it, whatever it takes.