<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR> Pull your free foot up towards your chest and you'll keep your grip. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
We've been in general agreement lately, but for my official 1000th post, I must return to the grand old tradition of disagreeing with you! Well, not entirely....
The move you have suggested here, to me represents perhaps the biggest difference between today's current and up-and-coming top racers (Hermann Maier, for example), and those of the very recent past, some of whom are still competitive (I might put von Gruenigen in this category, although a few years earlier to Girardelli or the Mahres would be more obvious).
We have had many discussions over stance width, and one-footed vs. two-footed skiing, over the past year. Some have suggested that today's racers "try" to ski with equal weight on both skis, whereas the "previous generation" (Mahres, et al) skied exclusively from outside ski to outside ski. I don't agree with either part of that statement, but I do see a change, and it surfaces most obviously when racers hit a patch of ice....
In the Mahre's day, they would do exactly as you describe. They would balance (usually) on the outside ski. If it slipped away, they would pull up on the inside leg and increase the angulation of their upper body out over the outside ski, to regain balance exclusively on the outside ski.
I see Hermann Maier still balanced primarily over the outside ski, usually, but not nearly so conscientiously! Like a car, as long as everything is holding well, the weight goes naturally to the outside, and Maier lets it go there. But when HE hits a patch of ice and the outside ski slips a bit, he doesn't do ANYTHING! His inside ski, which was mimicing the outside ski in angle and direction while riding gently on the snow, immediately starts to grip and bear as much, or as little, weight as it needs. Because Maier's stance and accuracy with both legs are so consistent and precise, and because today's skis don't require as much pressure to bend for carving, Maier simply doesn't need to CARE which ski(s) he carves with!
If you buy this thought, it can greatly simplify your skiing! Focus on accurate movements of both feet and legs, so that both skis are available for work at any moment. Develop steering and edging skills that keep both skis parallel and tipped equally, and keep them both on the snow. The same movements will work in almost any snow condition now, from ice to bottomless fluff! On firm, grippy, groomed snow, the weight will go to the outside ski, as I said. On ice, both skis may come into play, as needed. In powder, where both skis are IN the snow, not on it, you need make no adjustment to keep the pressure even on both of them.
This last point, especially, is key. Previously, the conventional advice held that powder was an exception to the rule, where you had to "switch" to two-footed balance instead of one-footed balance. And you always had to decide, based on how deep and soft the powder was, which strategy to use.
Now, you don't have to change anything! The exact same movements that created one-footed balance on the groomed snow will create even, two-footed balance in powder!
As I mentioned, a lot of this change is related to equipment. "Older" skis were so stiff that they really required all your weight, and then some, focused on one ski to get it to bend sufficiently. Now even full-bore race skis are much softer and, combined with their radical sidecuts, they bend easily enough that we can bend both of them at the same time.
So I don't really disagree with your statement, SCSA, but I suggest that we have other options as well!