Originally Posted by tdk6
You know what, there is nothing wrong with skidding as long as it is intentional, controlled and even. Bad skidding is unintentional, uncontrolled and un-even like in a wind shield wiper turn. Learning how to turn in a wedge by shifting weight to the outside ski is intentional, controlled and it produces an even skid that is an extention of your wedging straight forwards. It also decreases the skidding and if you do large archs you cant even see the difference between skidding and arcing from a distance. There is no pushing but I can see that you guys think there is pushing. There is no pushing. The ski is allredy in an wedge. No pushing, just gentle or subtle weight transfer depending on intention and wanted outcome. You gotto flip a swith inside your head that allows for this kind of thinking. It does not need to be PSIA that flips that switch, it can be you yourselfe! Check out the Hard Core thread and free your mind.
I actually totally agree with you here....re-read my first post in this thread explaining steering angles etc! Your idea totally works, and if I understand you, taught by the CSIA...basically you are saying balance is important, and we need to teach it! NO ARGUMENT HERE!
But TDK, what you are missing is that point I put in bold above. THIS ONLY WORKS BECAUSE OF THE WEDGE. Lose the wedge, and it wont work...unless you create a steering angle by PIVOTING or tip and pressure....tip and pressure is an expert move....pivoting is easier, and is crucial skill for full mountain skiing. Hence we need to teach it. The first day is best!
This is becuase we dont want it ingrained in peoples head that they simply move left to go right, becuase, as is shown here, it is very easy for them to miss the fact the wedge is making it happen...further, people connect in their brains that it was the Pressure that made them turn...hence they can create pressure with a PUSH...you may not teach that...but unless you give them more tools...they will end up there.....high speed snowplow windshield wiper turns....bad bad badFor your idea to work you will need to go from wedge to arc to arc skiing
....I just dont beleive that will work for 99.999993% of the public. In fact the high number of windshield wiper skiers we see on the hill is pretty solid proof it doesnt (there are far far more self taught, or one lesson skiers taught by uncertified or L1's then there are taught by fully certified and expierencied Pros!)
Even in the FTTP (Fast Track to Parallel) type progressions...pivoting is till taught...just from parallel skis rather then from a wedge.