The GLM approach was an interesting concept in its day. it did help many and get many to try skiing. The two draw-backs I noticed is people would still plateau at intermediate level. Second, people would 'graduate the length of their skis only so far and stop. They would go to a longer ski and not like it, then go back to their rpevious length ski because it was easier to turn.
Here the problem lies with the Indian, not the arrow primarily. They rely on a shorter ski to turn easily instead of taking more lessons to learn proper edge control and balance.
We constantly hear them say they don't liek speed. Of course not! Their skis are so cotton-pickin' short, no wonder! (Idon't mean 40-60 mph speed- just speeds a bit faster than they are comfortable with.)
But then some people consider skis merely as transportation from the toop of the hill to the bottom, and that's fine. Stop here and there, take pictures, beat up the kids, etc.
They have no interest in progressing. That's ok. That's their bag(boy! showing my age here!) They are still having fun, and that's the important thing.
Others wish to progress but don't know what to do to achieve it.
When teaching I assess where the student is. If I see someone naturally going nto a parrallel, I work on that rather than holding him/her back with the wedge.
It seems that getting people into parrallel one has to un-teach a lot of previously learned skills. But I guess there's pros and cons on both sides.
In the recent past it's been a narrower wedge so there's a more subtle weight transfer, as per another post here, small movements, not large ones.
when I see enough stability I take my students up on the big people hill.(short, blue run)
I had already taught them side step and side slip. At the top I see their faces.
: I tell everyone, "i know all of us right now are going, 'E-gads!'looking at this hill! If you wish, you may side slip down until you are more comfortable to practice our turns. No one will think poorly of you- promise!" This eases fears. So here they are practicing side slip (edge control) instead of wedge only.
I now have previous students looking me up and saying, "Look, Bob! Watch what I can do!" And they take off! I stand at the top of the hill, and I'm proud of them!
I would like to get more training as to how to by-pass teaching the wedge. Any suggestions?