Yeah, that works on mellow slopes, but when you really need a kick turn, on something steep, there's no way you can do it with the uphill ski, it will get hung up on the snow above.A little late to the thread, but I first learned the kick turn kicking with the downhill ski. But I now use the uphill ski... up and crossing over the downhill ski. I much prefer this technique, but I am not totally sure why. I think I like the position of the new downhill ski but maybe it's just more flamboyant. There is more to it. But you can more easily experience a "fail". It also seems less stressful on the knees. I use the kick turn somewhat often on steep and nasty sections when I get jammed up. It's fun.