Given what SLATZ said I am going to say what I see. If a racers feet are wide appart but the outside knee is nearly touching the inside boot, the skiers feet are WIDE APPART NOT TOGETHER and the STANCE IS NARROW. Feet appart and stance are no longer the same thing to me.
Three quarters of the arguments in these stance threads are because we don't use the same terminology. We need to declare common terminology or this thread will make no sense.
It would help me greatly in these threads if we would just say what the stance is along with where the feet are at. SLATZ said the racers feet are wide appart, the stance narrow and the feet stay appart during crossover. That makes easy reading, easy understanding and makes perfect sense to me. I don't have to guess.
I know my own stance stays about the same in all conditions while my feet get wider and stay wider during cross under/over in high speed, high G turns or in steep terrain. In all other conditions including crud, powder and bumps my feet stay about shoulder width to the outside of the boot. My tracks in the snow reveal that my boots have about 4-6 inches of daylight between them most of the time. In earlier threads I have said that I ski wider than that but the tracks lie less than my mind.
Yeah, I know another retraction from earlier threads. You may see more retractions this year. I have gone to observing what is really going on in skiing and not what theoretically should be going on and along the way, debunking a few of my own myths. Its sort of like examining the world for what it really is, instead of what I would like it to be. We are taught many useful things along the road to top instructor but at the same time, we are handed some well meaning common baggage that may not really make sense. Every now and then we need to clean out our own closets. There are many people in the ski industry who have done this and made some remarkable discoveries and breakthroughs in teaching.
When I was a kid, my father taught me to hunt. One of the things that he said was "Son, don't be so elitist and arrogant as to believe you have dominance over the aninmals. While you are thinking and looking ahead for them, they are sneaking around behind you." Is been excellent advice in the woods, as well as out of the woods. I no longer hunt but the lessons were real.
Translation: Don't be so elitist and arrogant as to believe that you have all the answers to skiing and others must always be taught while having little to offer in return except a tip! Look behind you. Sorry to get off topic.