Originally Posted by sonja
Anyone want to offer a detailed description of an efficient way to do gliding wedge turns? I got out of the wedge as soon as I could, and didn't really learn a very efficient movement pattern to effect wedge turns. Now that I'm heading to a hiring clinic tomorrow, it occurs to me that it might help to some ideas about how to do that maneuver. Hopefully that will be one less area in which to embarass myself.
You've been given some very good advice here.
Originally Posted by nolo
I liked Bob Barnes's description of the gliding wedge as the beginner parallel turn.
Read as much of Bob's stuff as you can. He's one of the best there is.
Originally Posted by disski
The same way you do parallel turns but your skis are in a different shape to start with... keep 'em that way....
Another way Bob Barnes says it is to do an open stance parallel (using Bob's methods for a basic turn) slower and slower (and slower) until you find you're doing a small wedge christie. Small is all you need. Keep the wedge. If you did the parallel correctly and kept the mechanics as you slowed down, you will still be moving your center of mass down the hill and tipping your feet to release.
push the tail of the old inside (new outside) ski up the hill to achieve or widen the wedge. That is a stem christie, not a gliding wedge or a wedge christie.
One other thing: Finish your turns, whether they're "good" or not. Control your speed with your line (another Barnes mantra) rather than the size of the wedge. Many instructors at all levels tend to run this demo too fast for actual beginners to follow. Remember, many of your students will have fairly high anxiety levels.
Of course, this is all a bit late in the game, and, as others have pointed out, what you really need is to be able to ski, more or less, and be personable and trainable. If it's a decent ski school, they will indeed disassemble your skiing and train you to both ski and teach. Be prepared to accept criticism, and get used to being watched. When you're in uniform, other instructors will watch you carefully, and so will the public. It can be brutal.