Lots of conflicting ideas being thrown around this thread now. With such loose terminology its hard to know whether there is violent agreement or not. For example, what is meant by "outside dominance"? In my world it has nothing whatsoever to do with which foot is active or not. it has to do with which foot is carrying the weight. You can have outside dominance on a relatively quiet outside leg and foot, while activating the hell out of the largely weightless inside foot and leg.
the idea of focusing on going from BTE to BTE like that, with all the focus on the outside leg and foot is interesting, but contrary to what some others have suggested, I feel that this line of thinking most commonly leads to pivots and stems and nasty little things that are not clean arcing, particularly when talking about recreational skiers. It doesn't have to be, but it often does. Rushing to the BTE most likely will cause knee angulation. Most likely will also cause the ski to squish sideways while it goes through flat. Of course that is not to say that the outside foot BTE engagement should be ignored, far from it, but to say that its going to lead to cleaner entries by focusing exclusively on the outside BTE, I disagree completely. Especially when we're talking about, as the OP has clarified, recreational skiers being taught to carve. Most likely they are already too much BTE to BTE and too much outside foot and leg activity as it is.
Both legs and feet need to have a job. The job of the inside foot and leg is to get out of the way. Also to lead the inside half of the body into the turn. This matters regardless of whether you have inside ski weighted or not or something in between. The inside leg and foot needs to both get out of the way as well as facilitate movement of the CoM inside. Its called releasing.
Meanwhile the outside ski needs to engage. this needs to happen either late, as in a white pass transition, or early, when transfer happens early, or something in between.
If you put too much emphasis on the outside and ignore the inside, it will almost garanteed create blockages the prevent the CoM from moving inside, ESPECIALLY for learning skiers that don't have a lot of crossover momentum. For them it will result in wedge and stem entries and especially if they are focused on getting to that BTE, they will almost garanteed to stem. At the very least the inside foot will get to the LTE late, possibly linger on its own uphill BTE and there will be a little or big wedge through transition. Their CoM will not flow across very well and they will most likely stem out of push the outside ski in some way.
In my view, if you are going to focus on only one half for a clean turn entry, it should be the inside half, because the inside half is capable of pulling the outside half along with it. The opposite is not true. if you focus on only the outside half, the body colapses into A-frame and other such nastiness. The outside half may or may not carve cleanly, but if the inside is late, then it will be blocking and causing havoc until the skier uses some kind of brute force to correct the fact that they missed their release. Alternatively if you were to focus on the inside half alone, then the kinetic chain of the body will pull the outside half right into position where it needs to be...with yes, outside ski dominance if you want it, or white pass entries if you don't, or stuff in between.
In reality we should not be so focused on either one vs the other. Both halves have an important role, but the inside half and outside half do very different things. the inside half is releasing and clearing the way for the CoM. The inside half can also pull on the kinetic chain to pull the CoM inside. The outside half needs to focus on getting stacked up and ready to take the load with clean edge engagement, avoiding twisting, avoiding pushing, avoiding knee angulation early on if you want a stacked high-G turn. The inside half is colapsing into short leg, the outside leg is going to be extending into long leg. The two halves are both active, both have different things to do. There is no either or.
But still, if you want to hypothetically talk about focusing on just one side or the other, the inside half is capable of leading the skier into the turn with good stacking retained. Focusing on the outside half only will probably lead to poor stacking of the body and for a a lot of skiers, poor skiing. Ted and others may be able to get away with super aggressive outside ski moves in their effort to master the 35m ski. Ok. But I assure you Ted is consciously using massive amounts of inside leg and foot action also. Maybe he doesn't start with it, but he definitely has to be perhaps even more aggressive with the inside half action once he has started to move across and A-frames have started to happen. He is also carrying a lot of crossover momentum which makes it possible for him to harness that as a crossover vehicle, much more so than your typical recreational skier. The crossover momentum allows him more freedom to let those forces push the CoM across, even if he's not quite clearing out the inside half out of the way or actively using the inside half to pull the CoM inside initially.
What Ted does also on those 35m skis to make it work for today's GS course, IMHO, is not what most recreational skiers need to do in order to carve the whole mountain well. He is making his releasing harder, in order to get the earliest possible engagement on his 35m outside ski. Most of us need to make our release easier and more efficient and we don't need to heave ourselves onto a 35m ski and make it around a gate.
I'm with Tog on the assessment about the up and over drill as it was explained in that video. I don't like it, I don't think any of them race that way. Perhaps they are exxagerating something to feel themselves moving forward with strong pressure on the outside ski. However in that drill, releasing drops to nil. None of them are doing that when they race. I question the usefulness of the drill at all quite frankly.
Aman, please don't shout at me in your response.
Edited by borntoski683 - 3/12/15 at 4:44pm