This summer I spent 7 days working up at Mt Hood with PSIA-NW and Snow Performance Race Camps. Great weather, good firm snow in the morning and corn by mid morning. As usual we loaded the chair around 6:30, started teaching around 8 and came off hill around 1...leaving plenty of time for a sail or a round of golf. Both camps I would car pool up with either Tyler Barns of the PSIA-NW Technical Team or Chris Kastner former PSIA national demo team member. The time on the hill and in the car talking lead me to the startling revelation that skiing well is still simply a matter of balance.
In total I worked with 12 skiers this summer. Some/most were balancing aft of center, others where actually forward, and all of them were balanced to far inside to be able to control their turn shape. For seven days we worked exclusively on balancing over the center of the outside ski. Not trying to tip the thing up to a high edge, just balance on the inside part of the foot on the outside ski. Once your there, you can pretty much do what you want: twist it, edge it, bend it, pivot...whatever.
How did it work out? As they took the idea into gates, they suddenly found themselves high on the line and having an easy time making the turn around the gate vs turning at the gate. They also chattered less through the finish phase because they could start releasing the turn before the pressure built up too much.
I'm telling you, right here, right now, if you want to get better at skiing all terrain, all turns, learn to balance BALANCE on the outside ski early...so early it's not even the outside one yet. This blog definitely doesn't complete the picture (can't give up all the secrets!), but if you have questions, please post, and I will respond...or better yet, somebody argue with me! There is definitely two sides to this coin.