This old schooler approaches it a little different than previous posters.
Keep in mind than the terrain, mainly in its steepness, dictates separation as well as weight distribution for me. Look at the following photo:
Notice my legs are together, but my feet are not. This is due to the fairly steep slope, the uphill knee is flexed more, and as such has less weight on it. The ski is farther upslope and is well separated, but my legs are together, just like on the flats.
I've been critiqued on how I tuck in the lower knee, you can see it in this photo, and I'm not sure if thats a good or bad thing. I might not be angulating the uphill one enough, but on the other hand it does give me great edging on the lower. It works for me so far.
So I would say I ski with my legs together a lot. Feet together, not as much.
I do open up the stance as needed for balance in the choppy bumps or crud.
Originally Posted by trtaylor
Some people say that you can only "slide" turn if you do this but I feel I can carve with this stance as well. I just dont like to ski in the new school carving way. I feel like my skis are more responsive and that i can turn faster when they are together as one ski.
To those who say you can only slide a turn old school, look at the angle of my skis to the snow - it's about 60-70 degrees. Not much sliding happening.
I have a pair of carving skis that I play with on good groomer days, and then I ski with a shoulder width stance when doing high speed railroad track turns.
One thing that has changed tremendously since the leather boot days: Notice the angulation at the hip, and shoulders down the hill, that's new school.