Originally Posted by disski
uurrgghh i hate that sort of teaching.... FFS NOTHING in my ski boot feels like a damn accelerator pedal in a car!!!!
Personally I never use the pedal philosophies
, I find that these methods limp students into a turn and cause balance and pressure issuses that that a long time to get rid of.
When I refer to driving/riding a bike, I talk about where do you look when you go around a corner. You don't look (head and shoulders) to your ultimate goal, but slightly inside the line of your turn (trying to prevent body locking and over-countering).
Believe it or not, I actually begin my lessons waling to the beginner area talking about balance and stance, how wide their feet are, is it east to walk standing on you heels, is it easiest to walk when we are jsut touching the tongue of the boot, etc.
Running through the equipment, I also have my students realize a wedge does not come from the foot, does not come from the knee, and that you do not have to lean way back to push a wedge away from you. (doing this without skis seems to make more sense to students and they don't have to struggle these new long sticks attacjed to their feet).
Once skiing, I focus on students not leaning back to stop, instead stay forward and you can increase or decrease the amount of wedge much easier. Once comfortable with a small wedge I have them stand still in a small wedge and look (neck and shoulders) where they want to go and feel what the skis are trying to do (one tips the other flattens and this occurs through the hips but they maintain balance), and explain that this is how a ski turns. This can create a little excessive upper body counter, but a beginner needs to "look where they want to go" IMHO, plus this tends to put much less strain on the body.
Once they have this, we work on how the other ideas of turning, pressing the boot (pedal methodology), weight shift (although they now now it needs to be a little move), etc can be used to make the turn happen faster or slower or can be used on harder snow, etc. Believe it or not, a lot of the time after a little time getting comfortable and balanced these students will make nearly parallel turns. But in my opinion, the most important thing they can do is stay balanced and controled without feeling forced or putting excessive strain on the joints.