If a few WC-ers do this in a similar whatever specific situation, would y'all start skiing like that, every turn?
You seem to be talking about the ancient technique of "stepping" the turn to get a higher line and a bit more time...? That's how the racers skied in the time of the Warren W.... his book by the same name is clear on that, if the old videos are not.
@Metaphor_ that is correct and creates grip to the extent to which you are already balanced on the new outside ski earlier, meaning you have more options and have a "platform" sooner as opposed to... not having it. It makes for a smoother and faster transition and it's how most high level racers ski when they're not out of balance or coping with weird delays or corridors like the first photo seems to represent.
Go back to the famous Ted NY video and listen to him talk about "almost stepping"... he knows what that is but nowadays stepping is considered mostly a technical mistake.... except when you need it
I always have a smirk on my face when reading about Ron (great guy with a lot of great work otherwise) explaining to WC racers how they ski, which not only themselves, but their coaches and fellow racers seem to not have a clue about... Even with the ton of daily slow motion video analysis that they do... sorry, probably very mean but I'm still smiling....
@peterk123 you should disregard that photo. I never use photos that do not represent an average situation, because recoveries and screwy tactics are not what I am looking for, but solid fundamental technique which is not what you get when they're out of balance or pushing it or dealing with terrain or whatever..... WC racers do whatever it takes to make the next gate...Edited by razie - 2/1/15 at 7:37pm