Originally Posted by Ron White
Why?? To ski parallel, don't both skis also have to be rotated the same direction at the same time along with a simotanious edge change?
Most kids are not strong enough and are certainly not balanced enough to rotate the skis in the same direction at the same time. The first three forms of movement are within their grasp. But there is a lot of roadblocks with kids and rotation. The strength issue being very critical.
How many kids do you see that are actually solid
on top of their skis? Often the skis are swimming around under them, knees locked, hips back. Teaching rotation to that sort of kid skier just frustrates the kid.
How about having fun with 360's? Is it effective if they stop and make steps to get the skis around? What would they learn from that?
Maybe doing it with fore and aft pressure, timing with a pole plant and lateral/diagonal movement? Gotta have the balance, strength, coordination and a real good handle on all the other movements first.
Maybe intro via hockey stop? Very few can manage that at any age without throwing the shoulder and ending up looking uphill.
Things can be different if you are teaching very athletic kids that have tremendous natural balance. Those are the kids everyone is looking for. Add confidence and fearlessness and you have a potential world champion. That's not everyone's kid -- they are very few and far between.