Originally Posted by lennyblake
The problem is that teaches a movement that must be unlearned to do modern style turns. By teaching tip the ski in the direction of the turn (ie, right ski right to go right), we teach a movement pattern that can be used in all types of turns at all levels of skiing.
I have to disagree with the notion that there is a need to "unlearn" anything.
Unlearning a skill implies that there is but one way to ski, and everything that is learned enroute is incorrect.
Did you have to unlearn walking in order to run?
With Ghosts typical progression, there is certainty that weight is committed to the outside ski, which is a requirement. Although, lifting and stepping the inside ski into place has become old school. (In the CSIA model, that's now part of the "situational stem". The situation being deep/heavy snow and matching the inside ski can't be done without lifting.)
In general, it is only necessary to pivot the inside ski once it is released. And, since the inside ski is fully released/flattened in a properly executed wedge turn, and weight is on the outside ski, this pivot is simple. The visual cue is that inside ski should leave NO edged track. Rolling at the ankle is the easiest way to acheive the release, which becomes a key skill in the students progression.
IMO, the wedge is the best place to introduce new skills, as it provides a very stable and safe platform.
Having acheived a decent wedge turn, the instruction is then to "ski the inside ski into place", and would involve pivotting/edging as needed to match the direction of the outside ski. The notion of "right tip to go right" fits in quite well as the student progresses. The sequencing of release/pivot/edge movements become much less sequential; the movements (including the weight transfer) will blend together to acheive "right tip to go right".
However, the key notion that there is a weight transfer to the outside ski can be missed by the student if one focuses on "right tip right to go right" too early.
Just my 2 cents.