Originally Posted by StevensMan
I hoped SL11s will force her carve a little bit - no, did not work.
The problem with her being on an SL11 is the ski is going to be too stiff for her to bend at speeds that will be best for her to learn on. Because she can't bend them, she needs to rely even more on big redirection movements so the skis don't run out of control on her. I would seriously consider buying her a softer ski that will allow her to bend the ski at slower speeds and smaller edge angles. She will get a better sensation for the movements working.
Can she balance on one foot while skiing straight on flat green terrain? She should be able to do this on either foot at least somewhat proficiently. She might not have the balance to ski a long way like this, that comes with practice, but she should be able to pick up either ski off the ground for a little bit. If she can't do this then she will have a very hard time geting out of the stability of the wide stance and wedge and into more efficient skiing movements. This is usually an indication, in an otherwise agile person, that the boot set-up is forcing her into a bad position.
She is in the backseat because either her boots are forcing her to be there or she isn't moving forward into the turn. I can't make any call on her boots, but that blocking outside foot is definitely preventing her from moving into the turn. At that point there is virtually no way she can get back over her skis without traversing to kill the turn speed and energy and bring her feet back under her. If she can't balance in her boots or on the little toe edges of her feet she will not be confident in releasing her downhill ski.
She has to be comfortable releasing that outside foot first or she will never get out of the backseat. Even once she does learn this she will probably still be in the backseat from not moving forward into the turn, but at least she will be able too.
Get her boots set-up. Learn on easy terrain where she can ski without the need to be defensive. Get that outside ski releasing first and then driving the new turn as the inside foot. It doesn't matter if she wants to be parallel or in a wedge the releasing and engagement movements are still the same (and will actually transform a wedge into parallel skiing virtually automatically).