I had a free advanced group* lesson at Sugar Bowl yesterday where my instructor gave us a tip regarding moving the inside knee. He summarized it as follows:
"When turning left, move your left knee towards the left. When turning right, move your right knee to the right."
Applying this tip I immediately saw results. My outside ski got additionally loaded and the edge angles of both skis increased. I had one of those "Aha!" moments that make this sport great.
I've been reading a ton about ski instruction and taken four lessons now this year but never came across this nugget of information. As soon as I got home last night I turned to the internet for more explanation of this tip and why it leads to better carving.
I found two relevant articles:
I'd be grateful for any other "spin" on this tip as well as a clearer explanation of the mechanics of what exactly is happening when you correctly move your inside knee.
* There were about twenty students signed up for the free group lesson at Sugar Bowl yesterday. I chatted with a few other skiers before hand and after. Sugar Bowl called it a level 5 group lesson with a single diamond designation. The groups were split up into 3 groups of 8. I was in either the high or middle group, impossible to say. We were skiing blue runs, groomed, while there was untracked powder to be had. Nevertheless, I gained an important tip so I was thankful to be placed in that group that day.