Originally Posted by Mike C
1) Less edging causes "skidding". In a forward side slip on shaped skis, progressive tipping short of edge lock will still cause the tips to turn uphill while also providing a "braking" effect and shorter turn radius. This holds true for all skier levels.
By the way, you mentioned Whister, I don't know whether you are an instructor there or not, but I would love to ski with you and show you what I know of PMTS,(I am accredited). We can do "two footed releases" on Spankies!
Mike, thanks for your response. I had typed out a big long post, and then just deleted the whole thing to replace it with a much shorter and to the point one.
The edge lock question was a very good question to ask me. Reflecting on your edge lock question, I realize now that I had completely over-looked the importance of the word "progressive." Sure enough, it is right there, plain as day, in the "Anyone Can Be an Expert Skier" drills. There might as well have been a lightbulb come on over my head.
She had a much too aggressive tipping of the free foot and was bringing her stance ski to too much edge too quickly. This was locking her into one radius on her turns. We had never worked on tipping the free foot progressively
enough to produce a skidded turn. The importance of the manuever had been lost on me because my own skiing was focused on an aggressive tipping of the free foot to engage the edges at the top of the turn. I remember asking myself the question "Why isn't she skidding these turns?" Well, now I know.
We had worked on side-slipping quite a bit to get a feeling of sliding and being on edge. She had become quite good at this. The importance of this drill made sense to me before, but now I understand its usage has a lot more to do with just being on edge vs slipping. It also teaches the effect of progressive edging.
I am, unfortunately, not a ski instructor. Maybe someday when I get the skills to do it. I would be happy to ski with you sometime anyway.