Originally Posted by hmpph
Maybe I can ask my question in this thread because it's pretty much the same as the OPs with some minor additions.
I suspect that the OP can link up turns, but lacks speed control and traverses in an attempt to slow down in between turns.
The OP said this was the problem he was having, and it's also the exact problem I am having. I can do the patience turns, but what happens is that I generally end up going across almost the whole slope (even when my skis are pointing up hill at the end) before my speed is down to a very comfortable level. How can I control my speed without that happening? Sometimes I see people skiing and their skis do not look like they ever turn up hill, and their turns are relatively short (but not quite the rhythmic extremely short linked turns that I often see instructors doing), they are definitely not turning into the slope as much as I and yet can maintain the same speed. How can I transition from the long patience turns to these shorter but yet still effective as speed control turns?
The advice in this thread is great. But there's one more thing to consider.
It is possible that you have most of your weight on the tails of the skis without knowing it. If you are "skiing from the back seat," it's like trying to steer a car around the corner with the two front tires off the pavement. Not having enough weight on the front of the skis will render ineffective your attempts to control turn shape, and that will cause you to go faster than if you were using the front of the skis more.
When you are riding up the chair lift, watch beginners turn. Try to find the ones with the fronts of the skis lifted up off the snow. This may be only an inch or so. You'll be able to see it but they won't, even if they look down at their skis. That may be you.
On your next run, try doing one big round turn that coasts to a stop with the skis pointed uphill, as already explained in this thread. Keep your body movements all slow motion, nothing jerky, patience, patience, patience, as TPJ said.
But this time stand up taller and lean your straighter body forward from the ankles. You won't fall over, I promise. The fronts of the skis will support you. Practice these single turns that coast to a stop in both directions.
Your focus will be on two new things as you do these turns. You can focus on one at a time, if you wish.
1. First, keep your chest upright, chin up and looking ahead, with no bending way over at the waist. The purpose of this stance is to get weight on the fronts of the skis.
2. Second, concentrate on FEELING the fronts of the skis contacting the snow as you turn. Try not to look down at the skis to see what they are doing, just feel their fronts pressing down onto the snow. Feeling those skis is the key. When you can feel'em, you can ski'em. Do this in both directions, coasting to a stop.
Coasting to a stop is real important when doing these turns. Don't skip that part. Keep at it until you can confidently make them coast uphill to a firm stop. Count 1 Mississippi 2 Mississippi after you've coasted to a halt. You need to know, believe, and depend upon the fact that turn shape is what slows you down and stops you; you don't need brakes, just turn shape.
Then link them, focusing on FEELING the fronts of the skis pressing down on the snow. You'll be surprised at the feeling of control you get when you can choose how far uphill you take each turn.
If you continue to have difficulties, it could be any of a number of things. Jerking the skis around instead of turning them in slow motion, turning your upper body uphill to yank the skis around, skiing in the back seat all bent over, not turning the skis uphill enough to slow down, have all been mentioned. Your friends MAY be able to watch you and figure this out for you, but friends are notorious for getting it wrong. An instructor will be able to diagnose your issues spot-on.
When you can use the fronts of the skis to shape the turn, they will behave better for you. They will grip the snow, bend, round out the turn, and consequently you will have way more control. And you'll feel like you're going slow enough, because you will be the boss.