Help me continue a discussion that occurs skiing with a friend who is a non-current Level 1 instructor. The topic is one vs. two footed skiing. We carpool to a local mountain and this topic just does not go away.
Me…in my 4th decade of skiing primarily on the east cost. From my earliest days learning Canadian technique in the Laurentians above Montreal, many ski instruction weeks in Vt. plus reading Warren Witherall and the Mahres’ and finally to Harb‘s PMTS, I was taught to ski with almost all weight on one ski. In turning, my technique, greatly simplified, is to tip the weighted ski to edge and ride it.
I missed the 2 footed, or shared weight, revolution, and, perhaps, was dismissive due to initial association between newer skiers and 2 footed technique. If there’s one concept in skiing that’s bedrock belief it’s to be a one footed skier. But, I can be wrong. In a ski racing program I attended last year, the lead instructor’s focus was one footed, another instructor spent an entire day developing 2 foot technique. I tried it and dismissed it. Did I give it a fair shot….not really and there were many other things to focus on..
My friend was raised in PSIA two foot school, considers me old school technique and swears I’m wasting modern skis by not using them are intended. He argues that at World Cup level, 2 foot technique rules, Hmmm? For sure, I ski with some excellent two foot technique skiers. Many on Epic post they rip on two feet, I won’t argue that. But also, some claim they go back and forth between one and two depending on conditions.
So, I’d appreciate a discussion of the benefits of each. Not looking to prove myself right or my friend as wrong. Just want a learning experience. Should I, or when should I, spend more time turning with two foot technique.