Ted Ligety carves a tight circle mostly off the tails. (Notice he doesn't ski the race that way)
Maybe EdgeByter can do that also. He seems to be quite please skiing off the tails. (What happens on the steeps??)
See this poor quality video at 1:50.
We discussed this during the Olympics in 2010.
Thank you , thank you , thank you Tog. Not only does this video make my point for me, but better yet, it gives me a goal to try to accomplish myself the next time I go skiing. Carving a tight full circle, using just your momentum, wow, I am impressed! I hope the "never in the back seat" crowd try doing this while carving around on their ski tips. It is clear Ted knows how to bend his ski's afterbody and use it to carve, isn't it. I wonder how he learned it?
I strongly disagree, Tog, about Ted not doing this sort of thing while racing though. That's why I earlier suggested folks here look at videos of Bode and Ted (or others) racing while using the pause button (to have time to study closely where their CG is, where the snow is coming off their edges, and if the edges of their skis forebodies are even in the snow much of the time).
Let me direct your attention to what happens to Ted after about 39 seconds into the video. Up until then it looks almost dead even, with maybe Bode in the lead by just a hair. After that, Ted makes a quick right turn around a gate and takes the lead for, a split second anyhow. However Ted sat back a little too far in that Rock-It(TM) turn and looses his balance and his inside ski lifts high into the air. As I've been saying, it is easy to recover from that, as Ted quickly did, but the time it took to recover cost him the lead and much more. I think if you watch his move closely at this gate just before he looses it, you will agree that Ted does use this ski tail bending technique to carve quick turns on the race course. Both he and Bode sometime get so far back in a turn they are practically sitting on the afterbody of their skis.
The only time I noticed either of them with their weight forward was when Bode swung his hand down and forward to break the finish beam.
Having not done my taxes yet (or even finished Ultimate Skiing yet before it is due--I will be buying my own copy of this one though even if I do have to pay full price), I may not comment here for awhile. Maybe to a lot of folks relief. I am curious how the OP will do, and if any suggestion made here will help him with his problem, so I'll check back occasionally in the coming days even though I might have to restrain myself from responding for awhile.