Originally Posted by Josh Matta
to be balance on your outside ski you need a strong inside half. IMO having a strong inside half means you have stable inner hip and shoulder that let both our legs turn underneath of us, and lets us maintain outside ski balance.
Josh, thanks for commenting on my so-called technique.
From experience it's possible to balance on the outside ski with a passive inside half (though it's not optimal on today's equipment). Ever read 'Breakthrough on Skis' by Lito Tejada-Flores? That mid-1980s book leapfrogged me from Level 3 to dynamic, linked parallel in a handful of ski days. At the time it was a revelation.
There were only two ways to decamber the long, stiff boards of that era into an arc we could ride: go 30+mph or weight one ski exclusively. For newbies, the former was unthinkable and the latter was unknown, since ski schools never mentioned it. Every mountain was full of exhausted, terrified intermediates stuck in a rut of tentative, stem-and-match-to-parallel skidded Christies. We might as well have been skiing on 2x4's.
To cure this, Tejada-Flores advocated a radical program: the ONLY triggers for turn initiation would be an early weight shift (100% onto the new outside ski) and a commitment of the upper body into the new turn (triggered by a pole plant). Weighting de-cambered the ski, commitment edged the ski - voila! It turned like magic. Skiers who followed this program advanced to linked parallel and carving incredibly rapidly, a full decade before Elan introduced deep sidecuts.
The method had its limits however. Aside from the pole plant, the only mention of the inside half was that the inside (and completely unweighted) ski could be tipped toward its little toe edge. The sense was that it mostly just stayed out of the way - pretty passive. Active guiding of the inside ski (as is taught now and as epic nicely demonstrated) was not part of the program. I can still ski that style if I choose and tend to when I shouldn't. So I'm trying to reprogram.
Any suggestions for usefull drills to increase the sense of a strong, stable, inside hip and shoulder are welcomed!