Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
It makes one wonder that if by saying "two footed stance" someone really meant "independent leg action" why they didn't just call it "independent leg action" in the first place.
If the actual meaning of that concept was/is independent leg action, then its a great concept and its quite unfortunate that so many teachers took it the wrong way to mean 50/50 weighting. Because many DID take it that way and in some places STILL ARE teaching it. "Independent leg action" is a much better way of expressing this idea, without compromising the correct weighting principles.
Once upon a time there were a large number of recreational skiers trying to ski with their feet locked together, quite literally, with very little independent action between the legs, if any. Perhaps the two footed concept was intended to get people away from that mindset. I know many many people that in the 80's thought the ultimate best way to ski was with your feet locked together....and skied that way....WITH STYLE. I'm not talking about racers here, only recreational skiers. I would dare say that at that time and place...the two footed tag line was probably functional for the purpose it served, which was to get people to start thinking about their two independent feet.
For whatever the reason, though, I think the two-footed concept may be responsible for longer term misunderstanding about weighting issues. I think the ski instruction world is still climbing itself out of that quagmire.