1) because your feet are attached to the same object, if you're not aligned, you're decreasing your vertical range of motion. It becomes a lot harder to bend your knees effectively when you're all bent out of shape. And if you can't bend your knees.... I think we've covered this already. See above.
2) Again, because your feet are planted parallel to each other with no hope of independent movement, if you turn your shoulders, your hips naturally want to follow. If your hips follow then so do your knees. If your knees twist so do your feet, and voila! You're back on your heels. While that's great for when you're just learning how to turn, it's a terrible habit to keep. It means you're probably a much weaker rider toe-side than heel-side which limits your adaptability to terrain.
- In skiing, once you've learned to keep your skis parallel, your shoulders should always be pointing towards the bottom of the slope. The independent nature of your feet means they can twist and turn and absorb bumps to their hearts delight, but your upper body should remain stable and pointing downhill. Watch Alex Bilodeau or the Dufour-Lapointe sisters to see masters at work. Granted, they're more than a little crazy, but that's what you're striving for.
So, there you go: BEND YOUR KNEES, look up and don't forget where your shoulders are.
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