|Allowing weight or force to be transferred to the outside ski in a turn is far different from moving your center of mass over that ski or toward that ski. The so called "weight transfer" you speak of is not a transfer of your body's weight but force which is generated in a high speed turn. Teaching students to generate that force by turning and with angulation and to resist it with predominantly the outside leg is appropriate and necessary.
|Teaching beginners to move their body over the outside ski does neither of these because it it is a movement exactly opposite of that which produces angulation and the experience of the forces involved. As I said, one of the things which used to drive me nuts was widespread misunderstanding and mistaken and counterproductive teaching such as you advocate.
Couldn't agree with you more. Beginners need to learn to balance between their skis. From there, their weight moves toward the outside ski, but their movement remains in a diagional direction into the turn. This is something that is carried through to advanced skiing, but speed and pitch creates a more dynamic body position.
|What do you guys/gals do to encourage these slight pressure changes to get movement into the wedge turn?
The simpleist is to have them ski around cones, but one I like is to draw a line in the snow as I turn my way donn the slope. The task for the wedge turner is to keep the line between the tips of the skis and their belly button over the line. This simple task developes many skills. To rotate both skis while turning, a progressive weight shift, diagional movement into the turn and then out of the turn and into the next. Who this works for best are beginners that rotate their upper bodies and beginners that lean in putting too much weight on the inside ski. From there, they can start to feel what it is to stay balanced betwen the skis and guide both skis. I relate it to their skiing by picturing the line being there while they are skiing their own "line".
Another exercise is skating on the flat. They figure a lot of things out as they learn to skate on skis. Their balance, laterally as well as in the fore/aft plane, edging while they move from one stable moving platform to another, and diagional movement between the two skis (using flexion and extension) . Every beginner (first timer) learns some skating.
OOh, we don't teach beginners with poles, we want them to rely and learn how to use their feet. Thier skill development is very accelerated at this beginning stage as a result.
What drives me crazy?
Instructors having a class do an activity (exercise) and having no clue as what skill or movement it is for. They often don't demonstrate it correctly or offer any feedback as to the students performance of the exercise, much less relate it to their skiing.