Cool videos. It's as if there was a leap forward in skiing technique and tactics between the 1983 and 1994 videos. I wonder how much the gear had evolved in that timeframe?
There's a very small difference between Tomba's skiing in 1994 and what I've noticed the current WCers doing. Good elements are present like staying centered and mobile, balancing on the outside ski, tipping on edge, letting the lower body lead the turning effort, using coiling, moving from one arc into the next, getting good loading and deflection, etc...
In the 1983 video, it appeared that the skiers were often hanging on for dear life. (Apologies to the old guys who think skiing in the 80s was better. I'm sure these guys did the best with what they had, and I imagine almost all of the WCers in the 80s could outski me today. The skiing just doesn't demonstrate what I'd like to look like. Tomba, on the other hand, was skiing really well.)
In the 1994 videos, I did notice frequent stepping or obvious removal of the inside ski from the snow, which isn't as necessary on modern gear. (Perhaps it was necessary when the skis didn't have a nice arc?) Tomba seems to use the "butterfly stroke" tactic when he clears gates, which I still see some racers use. But these are the only two differences in tactics that I notice from current WC skiing. Everything else is just a matter of degree.
So was Tomba representative of a typical racer in the 90s, or was he ahead of his time?