What is below is not a complete idea.
This is the beginning of a thesis. I think I have stumbled on a concept that is known by the super elite and is likely useless to 99% of the skiing public. I also suspect this concept is increasingly valid at 38 and shorter – perhaps impractical for skiers not running at least 35(?).
For now I am going to call the new concept “Edging”.
Edging is a refinement on leaning and stack. Edging is the act of holding cross course direction & rolling the ski over as much as with a traditional lean but with less upper body lean.
I think Freddie's is the best example of what I am talking about. Shoulders are level, head is up, and his lower body is leaned away just as much as if he were in a more traditional stack. This top image of Freddie is the most dramatic image of the Edge idea I can find.
Joel is a more traditional stack
Sacha in more of an Edging stance
Asher and JT in a traditional stack - (not saying these guys do not use Edging stance)
.... using a mild edge? Whatever he is doing it looks light and amazing.
looking more like a traditional stack
Manon in a is more of an edge than a traditional lean.
Terry doing his verson
So Why is Edging better?
Why might this be a big deal for some skiers?
When I have been found myself in an edging position I have had all the speed angle I would with a more Lucky Lowe or Jeff Rogers style lean but with less load on my upper body AND a much less frantic feeling approaching the wakes.