Clemens M. Hutter, in his book Wedeln (“wedeln” in skiing is a series of short, linked turns wherein the lower body swings side-to-side, resembling a lazy tail-wagging (or “wedeln” in German) of a dog) in 1960 describes pole action:
‘…[W]edeln is built up on the mechanical elements of heelthrust, uplift, and pole action, [and] the combination must be fused together by natural rhythm…When you have perfected heelthrust, you have become familiar with the very foundation of wedeln…
- Start straight down a gentle…slope…Hop smoothly…Repeating these hops in quick sequence will improve your rhythm considerably.
- Later on, plant the left and the right pole alternately before each hop.
- As you hop (after having planted the pole), push the heels of your skis slightly to the side. Make sure…to hop to the left if you plant the right pole…’ 22