whtmtSo what century did this guy pass his L-3 cert.? I truly hope he's not teaching the movements he just demonstrated. Even in his wedge turn I saw upper body rotation and stance width changes, which in the days of the "snowplow turn" may have existed, but since the snowplow turn no longer is needed or exists, it appears he's off the mark right out of the gate.
So T-2 you wanted a viewpoint on the demos, here it is.
Starting with his stance, wedge, and wedge 2 demos. Take a look at what happens to the stance width at his feet from the time he has the skis parallel to the point at which he forms the wedge. Has his stance width changed or remained in keeping with his former "hip width" position as he stated in the "basic stance" video? Looks to me like his stance width continues to change for every movement he makes.
As I recall, the stance relationship of the feet in the wedge position, functionally speaking, shouldn't change in width significantly to alter the development of the movement patterns from a wedge turn to a dynamic parallel turn. Back in the days of the "common threads" this was the primary goal of the skiing model. Today it is encompassed within the body of core concepts.
So now on to the wedge to parallel. This gets a big WOW, from me. Since when did we start teaching our students to lift a ski off the snow to make it match with our other ski? Maybe as we do jump turns on the steeps or converging step turns in narrow chutes, but not in a wedge christie development.
As I recall when PSIA transitioned the change from having a "wedge christie I" and a "wedge christie II", to simply a "wedge christie", its purpose was to eliminate a before the fall line planned movement ie-wedge christie I and after the fall line planned movement ie-wedge christie II, and to simply allow the terrain to dictate the development of the wedge christie and the place at which the skier would "naturally match" the inside ski to the outside ski and "without picking it up off the snow or pulling it in laterally". Instead the ski is to be matched through a steering motion of the inside ski based upon the dynamics developed by the terrain and turn shape.
Oh well, my dogs are saying it's time to hit the sack now. So pass on my regards to the guy in the video and tell him we'll be happy to give him a refresher on the development of the wedge turn basics if he wants to come East to New Hampshire.
Maybe he should watch the video produced by Ellen Post-Foster along with her book, "Skiing and the Art of Carving" where she demonstrates a very precise wedge turn development. He could learn alot from Ellen. She is truly awe inspiring in that book.
whtmt & Mackenzie 911