When a skier (other than an instructor in a lesson) is snowplowing down a blue run, he is violating the first rule. The PSIA created a monster with the tiny-ski snowplow learning method. Yet they have denied responsibility for the countless accidents and injuries arising from their teaching methods. When a novice skier has spent more time in snowplow than parallel stance, he has a very tough challenge in transitioning to real skiing. Am I wrong? More than half the people on blue runs on my local hill are skidding via wedge/snowplow and aren't doing their knees or egos any favors. What about your hill (everybody's)?
Whip, I respect that you have your right to your opinion, and I rarely do this, but your comment is categorically wrong. A skier can ski a double black, 45 degree slope in a wedge, and not be violating the first point in the Code. The Code does not say that a skier must be skiing parallel in control. It says they must be in control and able to avoid other people and objects. Is a wedge the most comfortable way to ski? No. Does it automatically mean that a skier is out of control? Not even in the least bit. I routinely take 4 year olds down blue runs. They are all skiing in wedges. They are following the turns I lay down the entire way down the slope. They stop where I have them stop. They are in control. Of the thousands of children I have taught to ski, I have had to bring exactly two to ski patrol. Only one went in a toboggan. Both were parallel skiers. One ran into a tree while we were in a glade. The other was blindsided by a snowboarder who was straightlining down a hill. Wedge does not equal out of control. Suggesting otherwise on an open forum is frankly irresponsible, and can give many people the wrong idea.