Originally Posted by hmpph
....Thinking back, I think the problem seems to be that I cannot get my skies engaged to turn back up hill (or at least perpendicular, if necessary) when I am at the higher speeds that develop while in the fall line for these steeper blues.. I seem to get stuck at 75% perpendicular to the slope (where 90% is 100% perpendicular) and not go up any higher..the skis just skid down slope at that angle and my muscles are left to absorb all that snow I am pushing + I have to linger in this position for way too long to actually get my speed under control. Probably part of the problem is I am in the backseat .... the same thing happens when I try to do a J-turn to a stop, I am left to absorb all the speed through skidding.
hmpph, Yes, I think you are right. If you can't hold onto the turn and keep the skis curving around, if you skid out, and feel your muscles holding on for dear life as you scrape your skis against the snow for a slow-down, that's the classic "back-seat" result.
So, to keep the skis behaving right you need to deal with your stance. Fixing that stance can be scary if you're new to skiing, so you also have to deal with your head. But before all that, you need to be sure your boots are not a strong contributing issue to back-seat-driving.
1. Are your boots good and snug? Snug means the tips of your toes press lightly against the front wall, while your heel presses against the back wall, and the boot grips the left and right side of your foot all the way from the toes to the heels. The cuff needs to be snug with nothing between it and your shin but a single sock. Fix this first if it's an issue; you can't control your skis if when you move your feet they wobble around inside the boots.
2. Back to the stance.... You get forward by bending forward at the ankles, not at the waist. If you bend forward at the waist, you hips go back and your quads hold you up in your squat and voila you're in the back seat. Stand up straighter, and bend forward at the ankle inside that boot. Press your shin against the front of the cuff. This will move all of your body that's above the ankle forward. All of you will be hovering over the ski's front half. Now ski.
3. At that breaking point that you describe, the 75% point in the turn, your head will say "whoaaah baby" and you'll tend to move back into your squat. Here's where you say something to yourself, even out loud if that helps, to override your caution and keep your ankles bent forward and your shins against the fronts of the cuffs. Say "cuffs!" or "ankles!" or "forward!" or whatever works. Shout it if that works.
If you can keep your stance forward past this 75% point, you'll be using the front half of your skis to guide the turn. You'll be able to finish coming around the curve, and you'll be a happy skier. Best of luck.