Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
Weems I don't know who it is, however, someone at Aspen describes this maneuver well by suggesting the first half is marked by an active outside leg and the second half by an active inside leg.
Although I believe the wedge christy as a demo will soon be obsolete (a notion I first heard from Harald Harb some time ago), I think it is a really cool turn, because it is invented by the customer, and because some really fun, complex things happen.
What you may be referring to is Squatty Schuler's take on this turn, which I think is pure genius. Part of the description of the turn says that, at the initiation, the outside skis pivots (or is steered) at a higher rate than the inside ski, while at the finish, the inside ski pivots more quickly than the outside ski. This has been part of the description for some time, and seems an adequate way to especially describe how to match the inside ski to the outside ski--to turn the wedge into a christy.
Squatty's take: If you steer both skis at the same rate (in terms of your muscular action) throughout the turn, the above relationships will happen automatically if you make the transfer of weight smooth and progressive. The reason is that if you steer both skis at the same rate and one is more pressured (first, the downhill/new inside ski) than the other, the lightly pressured ski, having less friction against the snow will naturally move through more degrees of pivot than the other one in the same time period. Hence, the uphill/outside being less weighted, steers more quickly than the other, weighted, one. Similarly, as the turn progresses, the weight naturally moves towards the outside ski, and the inside ski, now being lighter, starts to steer more quickly.
One of the great results of this awareness is that I know longer am even slightly aware of making a wedge or making a wedge disappear. If I simply don't try to hold my edge too much, and let the natural weight change happen as I steer slowly through the arc, all of the wedging and matching occur just at the right moment without my ever having to force it. The result is a wedge christy that is really quite elegant. Too bad it's not really something to think about anymore. The new short skis allow it without making a big deal about it. It's, like you no longer have to teach sideslip in order to teach skid. (Remember those days, Ott?!)
I believe that this is, in fact, how students end up inventing the wedge christy for themselves: They have a natural weight shift, and they really suck in their edging skills.
This is much too complicated for this time of night, and I repudiate all of it. Good night!