I've been working on keeping my hips and shoulders facing the fall line when making very short turns in a steep couloir.
It seems to help if I keep hands apart, elbows (somewhat) in, and plant the poles with an open palm.
My default tendency is to let the forearm follow the skis ( ie point to the right at the end of a turn to the right), then swing it into the fall line, about below the bindings to start my next turn.
It feels that in this case, my upper body also has a tendency to follow the skis, instead of being aimed down the hill.
Look at the video below. Not of me, but of Andreas Fransson, a swedish guy who spends the winters in Chamonix.
He is arguably one of the balsiest skiers in the word at this time, and one of th emost filmed, at least in Chamonix.
He skis the terrain I like to ski, but with a lot more exposure.
Anyway, around 3:19, he starts skiing. Look at his forearms, which tend to be parallel to his skis at the end of the turn. It obviously doesn't hurt his turns.
So my question:
Since I have only a limited amount of time and mental energy to spend on improving my skiing, should I worry about my arm position, or just work on hips and upper body facing down the hill, and let my forearms go across my body, parallel to my skis?