Originally Posted by Bob Peters
I have a question that I hope can be answered without resorting to proprietary "system" speak.
Why call it the "old outside
Isn't it the *inside
* ski we're talking about?
That's never made any sense to me.
Aside from that, I'm a big fan of using it in drill situations. I think it's very useful as a way to gauge where a skier's balance is and to build balance if it's not in the right place.
I often use it with students on easier groomed slopes. If a skier can lift the tail of the inside ski in the early stages of a turn and maintain that position through to the next transition, they will very likely have their weight centered to slightly forward. If that skier can't balance on one (outside) ski, then we need to work on more fundamental balancing skills.
If they can lift the ski through the turn but the tip is higher than the tail, it tells me - and the student - very graphically that most of their weight is on their heels. I find that's a very effective way of demonstrating to a skier that their weight is back, particularly when they've been protesting in other drills or situations that they really think they're forward.
I also still use a lifted inside ski a lot when I'm working on my own skiing - for all the same reasons.
I think Bob has nailed the one ski turn, I use it all the time when working with skiers who are learning the proper balance stance, especially skiers coming from the stem christy world, lifting the inside ski but keeping the tip down works well to get that balance that we are looking for, with that said, to be specific with advanced skiers and to reply to the specific question asked here, in pure quick carving turns as in slalom turns two skis on the snow are quicker than one, assuming we are on a modern slalom side cut with a 155-65 r turn radius. Assuming we already know how to turn these skis and are comfortable and skilled on them you will finsd that turning with 2 skis is quicker simply because we eliminate the amount of time used to lift that inside ski. We are only talking a milli second here, but, a milli second times 70-80 gates it begins to add up. There is no hard fact (we only turn this way) in sking especially racing, we use what is needed to get the job done at the point in time. No 2 turns are ever the same. The stem turn is still used today by top racers from time to time when they need it for what ever reason. Bode uses it a lot in GS, watch his videos and slow motion the tape and watch carefully. Also you will see a lot of single ski turns as well, and not always the outside ski, but, 2 skis on the snow will generally turn quicker than 1.