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10/22/06 at 2:57pm
|I wonder if the origanal poster is still reading this?|
Excellent post, Oldtimer!
I don't know how many times I've seen a great skiing kid having a blast with totally natural, instinctive movements, sometimes showing a wedge, while Mom and Dad ski behind with some bizarre and misinformed technique yelling "stop wedging--pull your skis together--ski parallel--NO! not like that! . . . ." Poor kid--having his fun ruined and his technique tortured both at the same time. And worse--learning not to trust his body, or its ability to learn. All in the name of a static misinformed adult construct called "parallel." It's tragic!
Ha! Sorry, MattL--looks we've done again what ski instructors do so well--turn any discussion into a discussion about us! As you can see, your innocent question about "Wedge" vs. "Direct to Parallel" touched on a pretty hot button for ski instructors. I hope your original question got answered satisfactorily before we got sidetracked by nostalgia and Austria and stretch pants and such!
If you have any other questions, I hope we haven't made you afraid to ask.
(not to hijack this thread, but I cannot resist)
Easy on us coaches and instructors. I personally find that the transition to poles is highly variable anywhere in the 5 to 7 year age group. With many less strong/ less aggressive skiers the addition of polls gives them a reason to drop the hands and drag them behind. My aim is always to get kids over their skis and off the tails. I am all about getting them forward and until you can do a proper pole plant, poles really don't aid that.
6 y/olds are capable of huge improvements in their skiing. That said, from the photos posted erlier of Matt's son, I wouldn't rush him into poles yet. I would wait until I saw a more athletic stance and a more dynamic turn formation before I added any more variables.
Once you add poles, you can't really say "oh no, my mistake"- once they have them they will not part with them except for the occassional drill- so we don't rush.
We have lots and lots of J5's who can't really do a proper pole plant- not becuase they haven't been taught, but becuase it is hard for many to put all of the pieces together.
And yes, with young kids it is easier to work with them w/o poles (especially boys)--
|turn entry being described as being some kind of imaculate edge release. neither up nor down.|
|"Steer and Release"
From the skidded christie completion of one turn the skier will simultaneously steer the tip of the uphill ski toward the fall line while releasing the downhill edge, guiding the skis into a wedge position. (the pivot point for both movements is under the foot, tips go down hill) After the skis are guided around past the fall line the inside ski is match into a christie position (Christie is when skis are skidding on corresponding edges) with the axis point under the foot. Again the stance width remains the same. A diagram here would be awesome.(no tail push of tails rather a guiding of both tips into the fall line. width of stance remains relatively equal throughout demo). When the demo is done correctly the skis will match smoothly. In fact if the "wedge turn" demo is done correctly, simply increasing speed, or pitch, will cause the christie phase.