Quote: “The wedge is a fundamental position that is used by all skiers, at every level, and should be refined by each student.”
Why would we want to "refine" something that reflects advancement only when it is discarded?
One might find it enlightening to ponder the fact that the wedge was conceived more than half a century ago as a “fundamental position” specifically relevant to learning to ski in low-cut leather boots, on 7-foot long wooden skis with no sidecut or metal edges, in ungroomed snow conditions!
I invite any logical, rational correlation as to how the relevant concepts that required a wedge based upon those historical constraints transfer and apply to learning to ski with modern equipment on groomed conditions?
If ski instruction were re-invented today from a clean sheet to take full advantage of modern equipment and groomed terrain, employing what we know about biomechanics, motor skill acquisition and learning theory, who in their wildest imagination would suggest that we should base the process on a wedge position rather than teaching and applying the same efficient fundamental movement concepts employed by expert skiers? Duh??
One of innovation’s primary functions is to frustrate the mindless tyranny of tradition. Let go, explore and grow.
It is unfair to stifle any students desire to learn with one own refusal to do so.
Is it any wonder why our sport suffers from an 85% non return rate by day-one beginners?