Originally Posted by therusty
And now my stupid question for the day... Can direct to parallel work for the "typical" 3 year old?
I'm convinced that it can NOT. Not even just for the typical 3 year old, but for all but a very select few who are born with phisical skills well beyone most, and no concept of fear.
I consider my daughter pretty typical. But she does not get the idea of tipping both skis, and gets pretty freaked out at speed. Plus, in learning DTP, you have to be able to put together several concepts at once, such as allowing the ski to skid, not catching downhill edges, staying centered (or at least close - which is nearly impossible because of the instinct to brace against the hill).
That said, there are probably 2-5% of the kids out there, that if taught properly, would be able to do it.
But even if you consider that, some of those would not be taught DTP because the sense of security and speed control gained by a wedge is a comfort to parents who want to make sure their kids don't start making hard-wood christies or become a hood ornament to a car in the parking lot. Now, if I had Whistler or Breck beginner runs available to me, I might be more willing to try.