Before going up on the first lift, find a flat but groomed area and have them skate on their skis, from inside edge to inside edge, holding the glide on each edge at the end of the skating stroke. This will help them can get used to the power of this new type of turn, and the dynamics of the ski.
Also, this should help them establish their individual balance points, and get them used to the skis.
Now find a beginner's slope [ very gradual and with minimal steepness,] and at the top, tell them to "skate" down the hill, making turns as they feel are necessary. Do this a few times, and then move onto a little more steeper and challenging slope, and do the same thing again. Plan to devote about 45 minutes to an hour to accomplish this.
This should determine one of two things.
1. It will teach them how to use the sidecut on the shaped skis to make easier and better turns, or...
2. Convince them it is now time to take a lesson, and group lessons, on a per person basis aren't that expensive.
Good Luck and Happy Skiing to one and all.<FONT size="1">
[This message has been edited by wink (edited December 31, 2000).]</FONT>