Originally Posted by Max_501
I just looked at the men's Olympic SL video again. I wanted to double check, I see that lifting the foot is a frequent activity.
Originally Posted by nolo
I see it all the time too, and when I note someone who does it all the time, I wonder if they have misunderstood a learning exercise as a way to ski.
I think you need to be careful about what you take away from WC skiers. Those guys are skiing with far more strength and energy, on much more difficult lines, than even the best recreational skiers. The courses are deliberately set to make it impossible to use perfect carving technique at all times. What you see in WC videos are often adaptations that no recreational skier needs to make, or is even capable of.
That said, I don't think there's anything wrong with lifting the inside ski, if that accomplishes what the skier wants to do. In that sense, it is "a way to ski." OTOH if a skier needs to do that all the time, it usually indicates some missing skills. Most often, when a recreational skier habitually lifts the inside ski, it is because he cannot (or will not) release it before he engages the new outside ski. That late release requires to skier to pick the ski up to get it out of the way. Often that goes along with being a little backseated as well.
When I coach a skier like that, I work on getting to a more simultaneous release, without any lifting. If he can do that, there's nothing wrong with lifting when he wants to.