If you wedge large enough you can use both inside edges on your skis, LOL.
When I was a kid if there was no light between your legs you were good, now we cringe at that. I started at the end of the counter rotation method, now that is some crazy skiing, I can still do it with grace. LOL
All though the basics are mostly the same, Alberto Tomba changed things up a bit when he used two skis in a turn, and used his outside edge on the inside ski, this is an advanced method, and may be not for the average skier, being the average skier goes 3 times a year. If you are so hooked as to come and post this time of year you are most likely not the average skier. I often use two skis in a turn and two edges, most of the pressure is on the inside edge, left ski for a right turn, and I share some with the outside edge right ski in a right turn. When floating in powder sharing the weight is more pronounced. Much of the turn comes from sideways hip movement. As a number of us have said there is a time for skidding, it has it's use, not a good habit for most turns, it is about stability, and if you are doing wiper turns your more likely to hang up on some thing and fall. Any one can get away with slop on the groomers, get off of the groomed slopes and on to the steep and deep and technique counts a lot more.
To me one of the big controversies is pole use, some say plant your pole, I think more touch your pole and only when it is called for, some swing their wrist forwards, I use a reach approach; to see this method look at videos of racers or pro skiers, I just copy what they do, and what as an instructor and racer I was taught. I have one friend who some times drops his arm at the end of a turn, and he does a bit of falling due to this. There is a lot of set up with you upper body, and it is slightly different in the gates as in the powder, the right movements count, unbalanced ones make you fall. What I tell people who ask for advice the most is to keep them in front of you and keep your hands in two beach balls, use your arms for set up and balance, and how to reach for the turn.
Edited by tomfifield - 11/3/13 at 5:43am