Originally Posted by freeski919
Yes, our Magic Carpet terrain is very gentle, and I initially only use the last few yards of it before the berm. It's amazing how much confidence the berm instills, because they're not worried about taking off out of control.
I'm a Level II at a smaller mountain than yours, and I get a lot of beginner adults. A private helps delete the issues that come from not having a berm.
Groups have to be taught to STOP in a fast and efficient way, so they have enough confidence to try other things... like turning.
---Thus the Catch-22 begins....
Turning uphill in a wedge to stop is nowhere near as effective as turning uphill parallel to stop. But once they have a wedge stop as their security blanket, they go to the wedge no matter which way their skis are pointed when they want to slow down or stop. The adrenaline rushing through their heads imprints that first stop very very deeply in their psyche.
I'm looking for a way to teach a parallel-skis-uphill-stop for their first stop, one that won't scare the dickens out of them on our terrain, which has no berm nor flat run-out anywhere in sight. I've used stepping on edged skis, with diverging tips. They are frightened as they look down the hill, because everything below them goes down down down and keeps going down. But I can get them to do it.
We bull-fighter ourselves around and do another uphill stop using edged skis. After doing this for a while it's time to start a turn, but the terrain still goes down down with no berm.
So I also need a way to teach them to start a turn that doesn't scare them. Shuffling the skis to point downhill will give them waaaay too much speed on our beginner pitch with no berm.
Using a side-slip to falling leaf to turning the skis to point downhill as they side-slip requires having them learn to side-slip and feel confident doing that, without a berm, in rental boots that don't fit very well. There may be a way to do that. Or not. I've always aborted the sideslip thing with my never-ever lessons. Some try it, some don't, some stop in panic mode. This is not good. I just don't think that side-slip approach is going to work.
Got suggestions? I think I'm stuck with the wedge.
Oh here's one. Have rubber cement applied to the beginner skis.
I know that skis that refuse to slip-&-slide will allow me to do a skate-to-shape direct-to-parallel progression on our terrain. On a very cold day last season I did that with a large group. The skis had the wrong wax, or maybe even no wax, and they would not slip in any direction on the snow. It was like sandpaper. That was a GREAT lesson; I had so much fun. And so did they.