Originally Posted by Si
In any simplification like this something is lost. I see a dichotomy between 1 and 2. In order to be proficient in terms of balance (more specifically "lateral" balance) it seems to me that a skier needs to be able to readily move their base of support from outside ski to inside and back. This makes me question the premise that skiing basically relies on the outside ski. Additionally, this premise (#2) also reflects to me a focus on groomed/hard pack skiing. Again, from my perspective, that is extrememly limiting and certainly contrary to my own preferences which lead me to ski the groomed mostly when off-piste conditions are very poor.
Hearing this from someone I was working with would certainly raise some questions for me.
Methinks we disagree.
There's obviously a zillion different ways this can be interpreted, and without the rest of the context it's kind of difficult to draw conclusions. We don't have any idea, for example, how all these principles are supposed to be applied to skiers of different skill levels, to different skiing conditions, etc.
Still, 1 & 2 don't seem contradictory at all to me.
Just take, at face value, the #1 statement "If you're not in balance, nothing else matters".
What could be more true?
If I'm out of balance, I'm likely only partially in control (at best), and I'm almost certainly not using the full design of the ski to make the turn. Get me balanced over a turning ski (or skis) and everything starts falling into place.
And in my opinion, #2 is absolutely true. If most of one's weight - DURING THE WEIGHTED PORTION OF THE TURN - is on the outside ski, then skiing is fundamentally an outside-ski sport.
You'll perhaps argue that in powder or crud, you're skiing with mostly equal weight on both skis. Ah, but allow me to retort. Good powder on a consistent slope is easy and can be skied almost any old way. Instead, let's say you're skiing along in powder and an unseen obstacle suddenly appears. You're in the initial phase of a turn and the only way to avoid that obstacle is instantly cut in half the radius of the turn you were going to make. In that panic situation, are you going to make a two-ski, evenly-weighted turn or are you going to whale on the downhill ski to tighten the arc? I would argue that 99 out of 100 good skiers would honk on the downhill ski.
Need more convincing? Look at photos of World Cup racers doing DH, SG, or GS turns (even slalom, for that matter). Despite all the modern ski technique rhetoric about weighting both skis, which of their skis leaves the track in the vast majority of the turns? Skiing is *fundamentally* an outside ski sport.
In conclusion, my interpretation of #1 and #2 is that we need to be balanced over the turning ski. Your observation about being able to balance forward and back and from ski to ski is certainly true, but where and why does the need for that arise? - typically *only* when we've gotten *out* of balance over the turning ski for some reason. We're moving weight around to compensate for the fact that we've lost our balance from where it should have been and now we're trying to recover.
I don't know. To me, all four of these "principles" seem clear and concise and I think they ring very true.