Originally Posted by jess
I would disagree that we are all teaching this way. I frequently teach direct to parallel and never teach a huge wedge so that the student is on opposing edges. A big part of being an instructor is to have the skill and judgment to determine the best course of action given the student’s ability, conditions, equipment and terrain.
With all due respect, sometimes you just have to deal with the huge pizza. Teach it and then teach your way out of it.... when you can.
For most kids, there are physical limitations to their ability. Ever wonder why you don't see more kids skiing like adults? They're just not grown up enough, strong enough, and their CM is different than your and ours.
So, add physical limitations with boots that are way too stiff, and the kids have JUST the hips for flexion. For the majority of kids, it's just not possible for them to flex their ankles.
They still love to ski, and they're in a braking wedge all the time.
Same thing for many adult beginners. Doctor says get some exercise, and they take up a sport.....For them, direct to parallel is a dream.
Funny thing, IMO, these folks are a huge segment of the skiing public, yet we speak of direct to parallel as if it is "the cure".
For the record, I love teaching the wedge. It's a safe way for the student to learn balance and start movement while sliding. Can you avoid it? Sure, if that's what is appropriate for the student. It's also a great tool to teach new movements -- kind of like between dry-land drills and full-on parallel.