Is it good form to push the tails of your skis or weak technique? Or just a means to an end? Does anyone teach pushing the tails or is it disguised by another name?
As always, there are few bad moves, but there are bad habits. Pushing your tails out into a skid is a defensive move, a braking move. If you need brakes, it's the way to go. But braking is a bad habit. Skiing is about gliding, and the best skiers, like the best drivers, use their brakes sparingly, and never "ride" them. Great skiers minimize the need for braking by skiing "the slow line fast" when they can ("a slow enough line as fast as you can"--that is, without the brakes on). If you're unfamiliar with this idea, search the archives here at EpicSki for "slow line fast."
Good turns are not about braking--they're about going where you want to go, about controlling your line, rather than your speed. In that regard, pushing your tails out is, indeed, a bad move.
On the other hand, real skiing does involve braking, probably more than many skiers would care to admit. Even racers brake, just as they do in cars. Skiing is full of situations where a little judicious braking is key. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Just don't confuse it with turning!
I agree with Ott, and Bob.
I don't like to put on the brakes. But there are times when nothing else will do. The only time I teach it is to let people know that, when they are in the bumps they should almost never push the tails at the intiation...BUT if they come through the finish and haven't shaped and banked enough to slow down, then a quick tail push--down the hill to brake, with a quick restart of the next turn will work. I use it say one turn out of thirty, and in that turn, it's maybe the best move.
ON groomers or anywhere you can make nice round turns no its not a good thing. Sometime though its is the best way.
Bob's car analogies arent true.
Great (race) drivers dont ride there brake but when they need to use them, they use them as hard and as short as they can. For instance a fall line chute on 30 meter sidecut skis, I will be tail pushing/ hop turning or I will be getting hurt pretty bad. ON a groomer that wide open I forget totatlly about steering and let the skis sidecut take over(yes park and ride). Just 2 extreme there are tons of skills blending in between.