Change in techniqueGreat thread here! There was an article about four summers ago in Ski Racing Magazine that talked about the new technique. The gist of it was that all turns were now DH turns, that the new slalom turn was basically a mini-DH turn. I showed this to a coach friend of mine in Germany, who has just completed training at the Olympic Training Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He said several things. 1) Skiers needed to be stronger today since the new turns were faster and the g-forces were higher. 2) Gone was the upright torso and counter-rotation. 3) Gone was the downhill arm held at a right angle against your side as a guide.
He then showed me the turn. He was standing sideways to the wall, about 4 feet from it, feet shoulder width, evenly balanced. Keeping his body straight, he fell sideways to the wall and balanced on his shoulder. The only thing that really bent was his inside (uphill) leg.
I was really shocked, as I had just finished reading Harb's Anyone 2 and also his Instructor's Manual. He told me to watch the WC skiers, that everything was different.
He also explained that the 50/50 weighting worked great on the flats and medium pitch slopes becasue it prevented a totally weighted downhill ski from generating as much friction and slowing down a racer. With a balanced stance, you have less friction and, hence, more glide. On the steeps, though, he said you had to be carefull and wieght the downhlill ski more.
I've completly changed my technique to this. It's more efficient, less movement, quicker to set up turns, and uses your body's linear or kinetic strengths. It's more natural and less artificial, in one sense. Btw, my German friend told me later that ski season that an old time coach told him that my friend was "railing" his skis and didn't know how to ski anymore. I guess that's the old and new schools side by side.