MrGolfAnalogy: Please tell us how, what, where, when and why you believe that the (braking?) wedge holds you back. Seriously, I need to know the specifics, so that I (and maybe others here) can understand so we refine or modify our methods of instruction.
From Bob Barnes Complete Encyclopedia of Skiing:
"'wedge' and 'parallel' in contemporary skiing are not distinct techniques or turn options"
"Note that this technical model does not recognize "parallel" as a fundamental principle of good turns, but merely as a characteristic of those principles as skill and speed increase. According to the Center Line Model, we do not teach wedge turns—or parallel turns. We teach the movements and intents of expert turns, even to beginners, recognizing that at lower levels of skill and speed it is difficult to turn both skis at the exact same rate, resulting in "first turns" typically involving a wedge. The wedge of "Center Line" Wedge Turns is specifically not a braking or defensive (speed control) move. It is not intentional (other than in an instructor's demonstration), and it is certainly not "important" or fundamental to those first turns. It is merely a minor characteristic of lower skill level and speed."
tdk6: Yup, I love that Wedge Wedeln video. Fits right in with my intermediate progression. Thanks for posting it. I don't do it with short turns, but with side slips, to static, to traverse, to dynamic long radius turns. But adding Wedge Wedeln short turns just before moving on to the second half of the class would be interesting for some of the more athletic students to try.
I am beginning to believe that there is a fundamental flaw in the forming of this thread's title. Do we teach a wedge? (I do.) Do we even teach parallel? (I am not sure that I do.) I am actually realizing that parallel corresponding edged skis have always been merely the outcome of my Pressure/Edge intermediate progression.
So, from this and other threads I am definitely adding "Basic (stupid name for Rotary/skidded) Parallel" turns to my "Dynamic (Pressure/Edge carved) Parallel" turn progression. I think adding Rotary/Edge-Off skidded round turns in the last half of my proven Pressure/Edge intermediate progression, ending with flat spin 360's as an Edge-Off drill is worthy of experimenting with this season.
I have already stated that it is my observation of Patrolers, that the wedge (both braking and gliding) is intentionally employed as a technique and not just while pulling a sled but as a turning technique in their personal skiing, off piste, in trees and even in powder.
Anyway, I have been reading allot here to revitalize my knowledge and to add to my bag of tricks beyond my Pressure/Edge biased intermediate progression which is to the right of the "Center Line":
JASP I know you have probably addressed this a hundred times on this forum given how long you have been an instructor here, but I feel that I am getting only bits and pieces of your wedge to parallel progression which I tease out of your posts. Personally, I would like you to get on your "soap box" to get it all out in one place for me/us to consider or your reference to a link to post(s) of your progression. What is your progression from wedge to parallel?
Of course I would like to see what tdk6, LiquidFeet and others use for their wedge to parallel progression as well.
If, a "wedge to parallel progression" is even a proper way to think about one of the first intermediate progression.
Edited by Tim Hodgson - 10/13/16 at 1:47pm