Interesting Betaracer. I didnt know it was a FIS freestyle requirement to have your skiis together but now when I think of it it makes perfectly sense. Just as they have a requirement that you have to have an even rhythm no matter what comes along. Its probably also a FIS requirement to act like you won the race every time you pass the goal line
On the other hand skiing with your skiis together in moguls makes sence because of the uneven terrain and having your skiis wide apart makes them go all over the place. Keeping them together makes your stance much stronger and calms down all your movements. And if you ski a FIS mogul track there is no space on the track for a wide stance. Im just editing a video made of me in the moguls last year. My skiis are not tight together all the time but I shure look much more controlled with locked ancles.
wbroun - I cant tell you what your problem is without actually seeing you ski. Its not all about an open or closed stance. Theres more to it. If you do skidding turns I cannot see a good reason why you cannot do it with ancles tight together. The main reason people have a wide stance today is because they cannot ski with their skiis tight together. I remember 10y back on my ski-instructor cource they made fun of the "Austrian" way of skiing with your skiis tight together. We were supposed to mimic it (IMPORTANT: the wide stance preceded the carving skiis) but it turned out hardly anybody could actually do it properly. And if you cannot do it at that level how the hell are you supposed to require skiing like that from regular people!!! If you look at skiing back in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s the goal was allways to ski with parallell skiis tight together. Beginners had a wide stance. Nothing has really changed. Even if many dissagree with me on this issue everyone still have to agree on this: -Its still easier to ski with your skiis wider than locked closer together. A wide stance is ok if you are carving or skiing downhill. In general, fast skiing on well prepared pist or if you are wedging. If you go off pist or into moguls you need to be able to ski with your skiis tight togeter. You have to do whatever the terrain call for. Skidding sideaways down an icy black run of death full of sharp stones and grawel in the midst of a snowstorm at dusk alone and with a dead GSM phone battery in your pocket at an altitude of 3000m calls for a wide stance.
I have invented a new style myselfe. I carve nice sharp RR tracks with my ancles locked tight together. It looks a bit like Im on a "monoski" and cool in a weard sort of way. If people laugh in the chairlift abowe I guess it served at least one good function and that was giving them a good laugh.
Styles come and go. In a few years we will have our ancles together again Im pritty shure. And this will require a new style of skiis as well
money sees BS skiis.
Betaracer, my feet are about 20-25 cm apart if I jump off a chair and that is about how I normally skii.