Nice work TDK6! To me, the skiing in the videos show a big improvement and refinement of your QCT's and fall line skiing overall. You have been working on your short turn and the results prove it.
I really like the still graphic in the title. I know what it takes to maintain that body alignment and generate that type of rebound at the turn finish/cross under to float into initiation of the next turn. I suppose EB would call it "jetting" and I agree. It really captures the moment well, although possibly exaggerated, whether the release was initiated by the virtual bump (groomed terrain) or natural terrain change it does not matter to a skier with a proficient QCT, it results from smooth powerful boot drive/edge set at the turn finish. This is a key advantage a powerful QCT gains the skier in natural terrain, a relaxed fall line float phase, with the shoulders square to the fall line and the chest (IMO the COM) calmly floating downhill, where the skier can re-charge/refine alignment as the next turn is initiated. It's all about maintaining/regaining body position and gaining speed control in what's typically a very short time frame through the turn finish/initiation, hence the "Quick" in QCT as you know.
My first impression and substantiated after reviewing several times: quick,fluid, round and powerful direct fall line skiing. That turn will go anywhere with the same results. Again, you've been practicing and it shows. I really like how you are rolling your shovels back and forth across the fall line, providing you a very positive and defining cross under movement. Another thing that that is obvious to me is your focused use of the SVMM tactic, turning into any pile of snow/bump, taking advantage of the best snow to turn on. I know you have done this in the past, but I've never seen video of you linking your turns consistently like these into/through those loose piles of snow before.
What's changed? I would say you have committed and refined your release at the turn finish. Your pole plant now clearly defines your turn finish as you instantly retract and commit to the next short turn, which will enable you to link the backside turn effortlessly. There is no hesitation as you commit and roll into the next turn.
As you know, slope pitch is your friend when making QCT's. On steeper terrain, it is almost effortless to generate energy to initiate the float phase as the skier is actually trying to dump some of the energy/momentum. On flatter terrain, it takes more "work" to generate/harness this energy and sometimes it can appear that the skier is attempting to force/hurry the completion of the turn. You've commented that you can see this in my skiing, I can see this randomly in your video also. IMO, this is normal and is related to pitch. The QCT has a tighter radius than the skis natural turning arc, so the skier must "wind up" or tighten the radius by obtaining high edge angles very early in the high C of the turn combined with getting early shovel edge pressure. I'm guessing you are "feeling" your shovel edge pressuring more than every before which is enabling you to hook up and roll your shovels almost effortlessly, in a way, dancing down the mountain.
One of the things I'm working on with my boy right now on his QCT's, is something I can see you really doing well, eliminating the up/down movement of the chest and focusing on having it float cleanly down the fall line. This gains the skier several advantages. The turns can be made quicker, they can be rolled as the skier doesn't have to wait for the body to come down into the turn finish which takes time. When a skier focus's on keeping the chest steady, for some reason is naturally lowers the chest closer to the ground which enables the skier to generate greater lateral movement, the feet can get further away from the body which gains more angulation/edge angles and keeps the knees slightly flexed throughout the turn.
My single suggestion to work on would be to focus on refining your pole plant. IMO, it has improved a lot from past videos, but there is still the slight "blocking" motion in it and it is inhibiting you form reaching your pole further down the mountain, which in steeper terrain will gain you more more shovel pressure earlier on as you drive down the fall line. I understand your racing focus and this slight inside/out movement maybe hard to eliminate, but it will make you quicker and provide more stability when you really need it.
I think you should post a couple of your past videos on this thread as it would be easier to compare improvements, which IMO are many.
Video 2/ dynamic skiing:
Again, looks like fun TDK6. IMO, your skiing looks good and from what my limited memory serves, looks to be much improved overall as it's very smooth and round. I like it, I can see where you are turning and again it's into/through any available pile of snow. I really like the snappy and powerful turns starting at the :24 sec. mark, turns like that don't just "happen", if I didn't know better, I'd think you were skiing in Sun Valley. :)
I know you have been working on a lot more than just your QCT, but I can see how you've applied certain characteristics of the QCTand SVMM in other aspects of your skiing. Rock on, you're unleashed!
BTW, curious what your friend that shot the video thinks about your skiing these days. Can they see and understand what you have been working on and see the improvements?