Here we go again....
Let's instead of beginning our beginner wedge from a traverse, begin it from a straight run on beginner terrain because this is a BEGINNER we are talking about. Now, from a gliding wedge (let's say a 3 on 1-5 scale of size) we can summize that each ski is slightly edged with opposingly equal deflection. We show a small amount of angulation in either side.
Do we agree to this point?
Now, How do we initiate a turn with the least amount of effort that emulates the mechanics of a good parallel turn?....
I purpose that the easiest and most subtle way to turn is to release the resistance from one of the edges. Simple physics applies, and a turn is initiated. Now this can be complimented by the active steering of the outside ski (or opposite ski that was released). You can not make a sweeter wedge turn than this. The weight is shifted "passively" to the outside ski, the cm moves in the direction of the turn.
Increase the speed, the pitch, or narrow the wedge and a christy appears naturally.
Why all the upper body antics that cause edgelocks and stems and sore hips? that is unless you want to take your wedge turn with you all over the mountain and learn defensive skiing habits....
love ya TDK6 cause you give me something to do when it's slow!
You are correct that out of the fall line the turn you describe is effortless and easy. No argument there. And that I teach defensive skiing according to your point of view. My point of view is that turning has to be done with determination and that it is therefore an offensive move. And yes, I like to take my students away from the bunny hill while they are still in the wedge.
Maybe turning out of a traverse is not beginners level but Im still curious how you would teach that to aspiring beginners.