A snow skiing style in which the skier executes a series of short quick parallel turns by moving the backs of the skis from side to side at a constant speed.
[German, from wedeln, to wag the tail, fan, from Middle High German wadelen, wedelen, from wadel, wedel, fan, tuft of hair, from Old High German wadal, wedil; see wet-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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