So I picked skiing back up last year having not been active in the sport for around 15 years (learned as a kid then rediscovered skiing during a year abroad in the French Alps). I made a lot of progress last season and got pretty good at carving my way down the mountain. The problem is this: I don't feel complete as a skier. When I see a wide-open, rather steep, slope I get excited because this is the area that I thrive in. I love to cut my way down the mountain. However, I don't think that I'm the best at making simple turns (steering, not carving). How can I learn to steer the proper way? I can see the benefits of steering versus carving, as carving I can only truly do at high speeds, some slopes require slow turns not fast ones, etc. and think that steering will help me a lot when I eventually make my way into the backcountry. I have looked into the "Your Ski Coach" DVD series which I think I might get when I have some extra money, but do you guys have any other suggestions? Lessons? Practice (obviously)? Any help would be much appreciated!
In addition to my personal questions, how did you guys become a complete skier? How would you define a complete skier?