|Go for it ! I could use it against her, when necessary...
(That's my wife in front of Alice. Trying hard to ski slowly while pretending to not).
Well, all right, but don't blame me if you end up on the couch some cold winter night!
It is clear that the lead skier (your wife) is trying to avoid going too fast, so that your daughter can keep up. In that regard, you could argue that the technique she's using is doing exactly what it needs to do.
But while your daughter, Alice, is clearly offensive, trying to keep up, and guiding her ski tips into the turns, your wife is using a very defensive technique, pushing her tails, one at a time, out of the turn into a skid. It is a classic example of the old "down, up, and around" techniques, although quite refined. Specifically, each turn begins by setting the edge of the downhill ski to create the solid platform from which she then pushes off--uphill ski first--with a distiinct rotation of her arms and upper body into the turn first to pull the tails out and around. Notice that her arms clearly start the turn, before her skis. She also levers forward strongly against her boot tongues--note the exaggerated forward lean of her shins--which makes it easier to push the tails out and around. Note also the tell-tale Z-shaped line that this technique inevitably causes.
Contrast this technique with your daughter's turns. While Alice is in a wedge, her turns are still quite offensive. She is, at least, trying
to turn her ski tips into the turn--"right tip right to go right," as I like to describe it. Her low speed, wide stance, and some twisting and leaning of her body conspire sometimes to cause the outside ski tail still to twist out and skid more, especially in right turns. But the intent is right, and the movements are definitely on the right track!
In short, it looks like when Alice turns, she is trying to "go that way" (chasing her mom), while when your wife turns, she is trying to "stop going this way." Can you see that? Perhaps her technique entirely results from genuinely trying not
to go faster, but if it is how she usually skis in other situations (and I'll bet it is), she might enjoy playing with some other movements and thoughts.
Specifically, if she were to focus on rounding out the bottoms of her turns more, guiding her skis not in a traverse, but actually back up the hill a little, it would accomplish the goal of skiing slowly enough for your daughter to follow. And it would slow her down enough before
the next turn that she'd very likely adopt a whole different movement pattern to start that turn, based on the desire to speed up
, rather than the desire to slow down.
Right tip right to GO right, not left tail left to stop going left!
Enjoy the couch!