|Originally posted by weems:
Therefore, YOU DON'T NEED TO DO ANYTHING TO WEDGE. It happens on its own.
I agree with all of this anaylsis....but cannot resist the need for the value of teaching a wedge entry (as an outcome) to be reconsidered from a contempory perspective on learning to ski.
Rather than the traditional approach of improving a wedge entry I think we might better serve our students by instead bringing their focus to learning releasing movements that provide a pathway that will diminish the wedge entry and develope a parallel turn entry. Even if they still make some kind of wedge-whatever turns from a downhill ski release trigger moovement, they are still learning what they need to eventually ski parallel without having to replace a inhibiting habit of starting a turn with dominant steering of the outside ski.
Why reinforce the learning of something that needs to be let go of or replaced to improve? Teach the movements the promote and allow a continued learning progress, don't teach "turn types" that freeze learning with habits that will need replaced.
Should the wedge entry even be demo'd considering that it can only be done by doing something poorly (releasing and guiding the new inside ski)?
I find it a shame that developing instructors spend so much time honing wedge entry habits that they struggle to be able ski a clean release parallel turn entry at slow speed on flat terrain.
Their own learning becomes a reflection of what they are doing with their students learning.