Howdy! This is my first post here. I found this thread by typing in a simple google search. Sorry to bring up an old one, but thought there might be some new insight on the whole "stance" issue - especially in regards to PSIA.
I taught years ago and have recently decided to get back into it part-time (how things have changed). I typically ski on steeper, bumps, pow, crud and quite a bit in the BC. Not to toot my own horn, but I ski fast, don't fall, have good form and am not affraid of pointing them. My stance varies based on the terrain. Back in the day, I was placing in slalom races.
However, now I've been told in my instructor clinics to "widen my stance" to help carve at initiation and pressure both skis - all that newer PSIA stuff. I have fairly narrow hips, have great balance, am very athletic and rarely fall. However, I'm on a pretty stiff 185 cm ski wilth 88 mm under foot and a boot with a 150 flex. This setup is great for my everyday free-skiing, but feels stange trying to carve at initiation at slow(er) speeds on green / blue runs.
Does anyone have any insight on my gear as to whether it would actually help do what they are asking for?
We don't need to get into the the whole "wide vs. narrow stance" thing again, as I don't feel I need to change my skiing in too many ways in my free skiing. BUT, I don't hit the groomers often while free-skiing and certainly don't go slow on them when I do. My stance widens and narrows when needed on terrain with pitch or while at speed. It's the slower, groomer oriented instructor turns that I'm really speaking of.