Originally Posted by Phlogiston
And you're suggesting that by skiing with your feet 24 inches apart, it's actually possible to ski with only one ski at a time?
Yes, it is "possible" to ski with one ski at a time and have the other one over your head, and that's my point, constant feet together style severly limits your possibilities. We obviously have irreconsilable views on this, but it appears that you are somewhat concerned about what you look like while skiing, whereas I have could care less if I look like a "neanderthal," or whatever, as long as it works. Other than the apparition of pro mogual or slalom gate skiers, no one including world cup racers, big mountain free skiers, or park & pipe skiers uses a feet glued together style. It certainly works best in many snow and terrain situations, and it is something every good skier needs to be able to do, but it stopped being my "go to" stance years ago with the advent of shorter more shaped skis. The fact that a wider stance works for skinny me and fat people evidences its practicality and versitility.
The universal "athletic stance" is with your feet shoulder width apart. IMO, anyone forcing their skiing into the style of skis very close together as much as possible is unnecessarily resticting it. Yes it's possible for a very good skier to ski well that way, I just don't see it as the ultimate goal for skiing style anymore.