Originally Posted by newfydog
Any time they start a turn on the inside ski it is a recovery from a mistake. However, GS technique is becoming much more two footed, and many turns are now started on the outside ski, weight then goes to about 70- 30 or even 60-40 through the middle and sometimes you'll see a strong shift to the inside ski at the end of the turn. This allows a smooth edge shift without popping up, it insures the new outside ski is hooked up and carving early, and sometimes they'll sort of arc the inside ski up to improve thier line, sort of like we use to do by stepping up at the end of the turn.
At least that's my take. Watch the women, particularly Anja Paerson in slow motion. They seem to do it smoother and less abruptly than the men who are on and off the edge so fast.
I think you'll find that, in most circumstances, the racers are still putting more than 80-85 percent of their weight on their outside ski - especially on steeper slopes, the hardest ice, etc. Sure, it looks
like there's more weight on the inside ski in some situations, and your assumption is correct: it's to correct mistakes or compensate for poor line, ruts, etc. But the racers can't reliably carve a clean line on the inside ski.
The weight bias you describe is more evident on more gentle slopes, where it's not as much of a liability to be more two-footed and a gentle transition is best (going to my oft-repeated line of "treat the snow like you would your significant other's face" - i.e. gently). But on steep and icy slopes, with double fall-lines, fallaway turns, etc., the weight should be on the outside ski. You'll even see the best GS skiers - Bode, Maier, Von Grünigen, Pallander, Paerson, Kostelic - lift their inside ski
to force the point. Sure, you will see photos and footage of these same racers skiing on their inside ski (such as this photo
of Bode in Bormio), but racers still try their best to turn with their weight on the outside ski. In this photo
of Bode (also from Bormio), you can tell that most of his weight is on his outside ski by looking at how much his outside ski is decambered - this shows his weight being biased on the outside ski. Another example (from a fall-away turn at the Val d'Isere GS) can be seen here
, where Bode is working hard to keep his weight on the outside ski - even going so far as to lift his inside ski.
But the cardinal rule of racing is still to get from the start to the finish in the shortest time possible, doing whatever it takes to pull it off. This doesn't always mean having spotless technique. And I don't mean to detract from analyzing WC racers for good technique - it's still the best (IMHO) way to go.