Maybe I wasn't very clear on post #54, the part that I was referring to as BS was differentiating between a braking wedge and a snowplow, imo, there is absolutely no difference.
As I and many others have tried to say, teaching a person a braking wedge (or snowplow if that is what you want to call it) as their primary
means of stopping will not work
on anything steeper than the easiest green. Besides teaching students movements that will have to later be unlearned, it directly affects the students safety - safety is the instructor's first job.
Even in skiing, the Law of Gravity still applies. If you turn uphill, you will stop. Let me restate that: if you turn uphill, you will stop
. If you make a braking wedge on a slope steeper than an easy green, you will not stop
. I don't know how to make it any simpler.
Teaching the typical
(if there is such an animal) student a hockey stop as a primary means of stopping, imho, leads to a tendency to turn by pushing out the heels - a primarily defensive move, as opposed to releasing the downhill edge (however accomplished), a primarily offensive move. One skill leads more easily to wedge christies, spontaneous parallel and parallel by intent. Why would I want to teach a movement pattern to a student that would have to latter be unlearned
Again, turning uphill will stop you if you need to stop. Does this mean I never teach a braking wedge? Of course not, as I have stated elsewhere in this thread, there's not really any room to turn uphill when you're in the lift line. Sometimes, I've even used a braking wedge in the trees when unsure of my line; I know there are other uses, they just don't come to mind right now. Do I use a braking wedge as a primary means of braking? No, for the simple reason that it does not work. Why don't I use a hockey stop for a primary means of stopping? It's too inefficient. I can stop much more efficiently using turn shape when I need to stop. Do I never use a hockey stop? No, again, of course not - I just don't find it that necessary. Watch WC skiers on TV. Yes, they'll make a big hockey stop after going through the trap, but generally, a uphill turn is part of the stop.
I can't just leave well enough alone:
Originally Posted by Ghost
My last word on this as a parent of a student, and then I'll leave it to the instructors. I have seen many kids flying down the hills trying to stop, but not knowing how. They are in a gliding wedge. Their skis are not nearly on edge enough nor turned in at the tips and out at the tails enough to be remotely effective. If you are going to teach a kid to ski, you should teach him how to stop, at least well enough to stop on a typical green hill.
Most of the time, those kids are flying down the hill having been ONLY taught how to stop with a braking wedge. Seeing this happen repeatedly should be enough to convince NOT to teach a wedge as a means of stopping. (Of course, you can call what you do with your kid(s) a snowplow, it's a different phrase for the same movement.)