Originally Posted by vindibona1
Not necessarily. There is indeed some divergence, but this photo will not confirm stepping. You would have to see what comes afterward to have a proper analysis of what this photo represents mechanically. Depending on the location of the next gate and his line his next move might very well be a retraction to release the turn rather than a step to the upcoming outside ski. A lot depends on the line and how much time he has, the slope of the hill and and speed. But again, you have to see the next turn to properly evaluate what's going on here (in terms of this discussion).
vindibona1, the divergence my photo shows is a transition move, not an end of the turn diverging step. I think it's what the OP was referring to, though I may be wrong.
Transitional divergence, as my photo displays, is a move that compensates for the smaller radius the inside ski must track through the turn, and also serves as an efficient means of creating the extra foot separation needed at the apex without needing to drag the foot sideways to get it. It lets the ski carve cleanly into that extra separation.
A diverging step is different. It comes at the end of a turn, and allows a skier to get off their edges sooner, generate a bit of speed, and sharpen a radius. I'm sure you will remember it was a staple of Stenmark's dominating technique.