Originally Posted by zentune
@CTKook, perhaps you can share when you personally feel that inside management (of which, transferring balance to the LTE of the "uphill" ski in transition, then inverting the foot may be a part of) would be indicated, tactically, either in a race course or out on the mountain as a rec skier. Do you advocate for any inside half management whatsoever, and when/where, or is the outside king always in your view?
Hmmm, did I not post this earlier, and multiple similar statements?:
Originally Posted by CTKook
What is a shame is that the complementary use of the inside ski in a way that bolsters real-world performance gets lost in all of this. I put up a video with nary a turn initiated with the movement sequence in question, but where virtually every turn would not have worked without some inside ski usage, even in the case of some skiers such as Vonn who are more skewed to the outside for the whole turn. (I note that the proponents of the drill in question also make great sport of poking at Vonn's technique and boot setup, again raising the question as to whether they have great insight and Vonn and her coaches are stupid, or whether perhaps someone who's spent their whole life focused on excellence, with great results, who has been the best in the world, might not be such an idiot.) ...
Well, the quote function worked, I guess I did post it. I am again reminded of a thread a while back when Zennie was trying to deny that inside skis got routinely lifted by racers. Zennie, it's progress to now acknowledge that plain fact, which was always physically present to see, but consider that if you didn't understand a couple years ago that inside skis got lifted, then there may be more things out there.
As for racing, there are a couple ways that racers use the inside ski, that I've noted already in this thread. Rather than my restating them here, let me recommend you put aside the very narrow dogma you have been advancing and review the existing posts. Note: to be as clear as possible, the drill in question for this thread isn't being used by racers except in rare occasions, but their inside skis are.
As for recreational skiers and when they might use their inside ski, it depends on the turn and the terrain and the snow. To be blunt, though, while as I have noted I have, myself, used the drill in question here, as a drill, overuse of the drill or an attempt to incorporate it into one's skiing in the normal course as a means of turn initiation will inhibit development down the road.
Category-wise, the drill is one of several where the inside ski is manipulated. Because javelins for instance are visually awkward, it is easier to see that while they are a valuable drill, that trying to either ski bumps or carve while using javelins all over would be a bit artificial and a bit limiting. Inside tip down is another example, and there are hybrids of these.
At least until my "arm steering" product comes out, I likewise think Heismans can be helpful at some points but don't think they need to be incorporated into everyday skiing, either.