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1) I have found that when turning, if I am say turning to the right, that it is easier to have right ski slightly ahead of left ski.  Anyone have a reason?
2) in powder, this does not seem to work and being balanced on both feet equally seems to work better, feel of "steering".
3)  I read a book from about 10 years ago by the head of ski school at squaw valley, and he says experts ski on just the outside ski.  I have tried this and it seems to be working on groomers (dont think it would work in powder??).  Is this PSIA sanctioned?
4) what are the pros and cons of reading (and following) the below book?
Anyone can be and expert skier 1: the new way to ski by harb harald
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1) I have found that when turning, if I am say turning to the right, that it is easier to have right ski slightly ahead of left ski.  Anyone have a reason?
2) in powder, this does not seem to work and being balanced on both feet equally seems to work better, feel of "steering".
3)  I read a book from about 10 years ago by the head of ski school at squaw valley, and he says experts ski on just the outside ski.  I have tried this and it seems to be working on groomers (dont think it would work in powder??).  Is this PSIA sanctioned?
4) what are the pros and cons of reading (and following) the below book?
Anyone can be and expert skier 1: the new way to ski by harb harald

1.tip lead as it is called shouldnt be a 'goal" but is instead an outcome of what happens when you turn keeping your hips more square to the fallline/path of COM line than to the skis.

2. your correct well kinda of Id have to see video you skiing powder to see if you ve taken the above to far.

3. It does work, its not PSIA sanctioned but who cares although some member of the PSIA understand the importance of active weight transfer. In powder more equal(but never 50/50) is better but with fat skis you can pretty much ski on the outside ski as well.

4. its got good stuff in it, just realize that not all turns can be accomplished by edging and pressure alone active steering although not desirable all the time, has to happen sometime for you to be a true expert level skier.
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1.  Stand on one foot and lift the other until your thigh is parallel to the ground.  Look! Your raised knee (and foot) are ahead of you.  It's a natural consequence of your anatomy.

2. In powder, weighting one ski or standing on one ski or pushing on one ski more than the other will push it deeper into the snow unless the ski is fat enough to have enough area so that the pressure of that soft snow can resist that much force.  In hardpack, the snow stops the ski from going through it, and it can take more weight without getting you out of shape.

3.   It needs a relatively hard surface to work.   On softer surfaces, give the outside ski as much load as it can handle and still do what you want it too, recruit the inside ski to help.

4.  I haven't read it, so I can't say.
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We do have a place for book reviews. In order to avoid anyone else getting in trouble, I started one for the ACBAES V1 book. http://www.epicski.com/products/anyone-can-be-an-expert-skier-1-the-new-way-to-ski-includes-bonus-dvd

 

1. The reason is better balance

2. In powder we want less separation and less tip lead, but not necessarily zero.

3. If you're really good, you can ski on any foot under any conditions. PSIA does not sanction anything.
4. It could make you a better skier, but the Kool Aid stains are hard to remove (that's an inside joke)

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The Kool Aid stains just complement the red Head skis ... it's the height of skier fashion
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4) what are the pros and cons of reading (and following) the below book?
Anyone can be and expert skier 1: the new way to ski by harb harald

The pros are that your skiing could potentially get much better. The downside is you might get into long arguments on ski forums.
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The pros are that your skiing could potentially get much better. The downside is you might provoke long arguments on ski forums.

I fixed that for you.
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The source of provocation is not that obvious.  When the 3 amigos departed epic 2 summers ago, there was no cessation of 20 page debates of skiing theology.  There were just 3 fewer participants.  [There was, however, a significant reduction in the amount of useful, clearly presented technique info due to the loss of Max_501, Bolter, and Volklskier.]
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1) I have found that when turning, if I am say turning to the right, that it is easier to have right ski slightly ahead of left ski.  Anyone have a reason?
Your right ski will be ahead of your left ski due to the fact that our left leg is slightly more flexed and therefore our upper leg is pointing slightly forward. The more you tip into the turn the greater the inside ski tip lead. Its perfectly natural.
2) in powder, this does not seem to work and being balanced on both feet equally seems to work better, feel of "steering".
In powder you need to be standing more on both feet and skis because its easier to form one platform under your torso than balance between two. You also need to have a closer stance.
3)  I read a book from about 10 years ago by the head of ski school at squaw valley, and he says experts ski on just the outside ski.  I have tried this and it seems to be working on groomers (dont think it would work in powder??).  Is this PSIA sanctioned?
Dont know about any psia sancions but basicly you should always try to balance over your outside foot. Even in powder. It does not mean that you should have all your weight on your outside ski. 
4) what are the pros and cons of reading (and following) the below book?
Anyone can be and expert skier 1: the new way to ski by harb harald
No cons in reading the book other then its not really a new book anymore. What level are you? There are lots of books by HH. For a more updated version on modern carivng ski techniques check out his latest book insted.
 
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The source of provocation is not that obvious.  When the 3 amigos departed epic 2 summers ago, there was no cessation of 20 page debates of skiing theology.  There were just 3 fewer participants.  [There was, however, a significant reduction in the amount of useful, clearly presented technique info due to the loss of Max_501, Bolter, and Volklskier.]
 

Its kind of childish to claim that there was no provocation. 
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(Ahem) We're getting off topic (that's a hint).
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1) I have found that when turning, if I am say turning to the right, that it is easier to have right ski slightly ahead of left ski.  Anyone have a reason?
Minimal tip lead is best.  When the inside leg is flexed more than the outside and we're wearing these stiff boots, the inside foot has to go forward.  The less tip lead the better.
2) in powder, this does not seem to work and being balanced on both feet equally seems to work better, feel of "steering".
If you put more weight on one foot, that side will dive in the powder.  Equal or near-equal weight on both is needed.  Fat skis are crutches for those who can't adapt.
3)  I read a book from about 10 years ago by the head of ski school at squaw valley, and he says experts ski on just the outside ski.  I have tried this and it seems to be working on groomers (dont think it would work in powder??).  Is this PSIA sanctioned?
I think the guy (Lito?) was from Aspen (not the head) and yes, most weight on the outside ski on groomers causes that ski to bend more and turn us instead of us turning the ski.  Works great.  No, not PSIA dogma.
4) what are the pros and cons of reading (and following) the below book?
Anyone can be and expert skier 1: the new way to ski by harb harald
He used to be on the PSIA national demo team until he got crosswise with some of their old dogs.  He offers much good stuff.  Have your local public library get a copy for you through an inter-library loan if they don't have it and see for yourself.  My experience is that skiers improve faster with his techniques than with the usual techniques.
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