Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
The perceptions CM thread might be slightly more helpful to you than the track thread as both are related but the CM and balance is the point of the threads. It isn't about the benfits of both - it is about the limitations of a certain way of thinking/skiing - which you and your instructors seem to have embraced fully. So, ask yourself: Why constant track width - what does it accomplish?; Why would you want more weight on the inside ski - what does that accomplish - or better yet, hinder?; What are the limitations to closing up your horizontal separation as you near the apex of the turn for the sole purpose of maintaining evenly spaced tracks?; As your edge anles increase how does that effect your vertical separation and balance?
I didn't keep up with the other threads either, so forgive me if your questions were meant to be rhetorical....but here are your answers:
General: Good ski technique is one that provides the desired level of control/performance efficiently...no extra or unneaded moves. Having said that, here are your answers:
1: Constant track width doesn't accomplish anything. However it is a visual clue to what is happening in the ski technique. If track width narrows at the transition as is common, it means the skier has moved their COM over their skis with more "up" then is nessecary. Not the worst thing in the world...but not as efficient as it could be.
2: More weight on the inside ski...is all about "more"...well coming back to effiency, knowing that in the transition, you are at 50/50 (to do otherwise would mean jumping from one ski to the other), you should only transfer as much weight as needed to the outside to maintain balance...anymore is an extra move to do, and undo in the transition. Again not a huge deal, just not as effiecient as possible.
Aside: why did we used to strive for 100/0? Technology. It is very difficult to build a ski that is torsionally stiff, yet longnitudnally soft. So typically as the skis got stiffer torsionally they got stiffer length wise too, hence you needed to put all your weight on the outside just to bend the sucker....with todays skis, and better technology etc, that is no longer true...it is amazing how soft WC skis are length wise.
3: Closing horiszonal separation? Not sure what you mean here....I have never done that, taught that, seen that or even heard of that.
4: As edge angles increase forces in the turn build. As such you must incline more to stay in balance, this will increase your vertical separation it must happen to keep your inside ski out of the way. IF you increase the edge angles without the above, more weight will move inside, you will be in a weak biomechncal position, and you will be out of balance, to the point that you will come up right, causing the edge angles to decrease....putting you back in balance.....