Overall, I am satisfied with flexing to release, in both GS and SL - I don't feel like I need to push much. Also, a light touch at the beginning of the turn, not really pushing against that - I can explain that as more like counteracting the skis into the snow as opposed to hard edge set, if that makes sense. Sure, some turns I screw up and have to push early and reach out and forward to get ahead of the skis or get setup better for what's coming in SL (like the exit of a flush or something), but on the average I look for pressure in the fall line, maybe pushing against that to get the body across the hill.
Turns are started in both cases with tipping of the foot and my new found focus on and pulling back of the inside foot at the beginning of the turn (and throughout) is followed religiously in both SL and GS as is tipping it. I am not conciously throwing my body ahead and letting it pull the skis or tipping them... not as far as I can tell.
As I started my masters training, in SL, I am a few seconds faster on course than last year (when I couldn't really ski but pretended to, heh). I am very low on average - so much so that I ended up cross-blocking some stubies at the last set (and promptly wiped out into a fence, heh).
I don't see a big difference in GS versus SL technique - not really that I am aware. I mean the timing is obviously different, there's a bigger arc and you need to draw out the transition to really get the skis across the hill, but other than that I have the same movement pattern.
The patience required in GS is killing me. Yes, you do get low and compact at the gate and then rather "extend" I guess back to normal, but that's mostly with the arms...?
I am a lot more aware of the counter-acting than in SL. I mean in SL the momentum pretty much makes counteracting "natural" but in GS, due to the long drown aut movements, you have to counteract (coil) quite conciously and keep your upper body angulated and counteracted forcefully while say coming under the gate or gliding/floating across the hill. The results of coiling are also more pronounced, as is the "pinch" of the middle body.
I was indeed taught at a (that) course to get a more pronounced "up and forward move" followed by getting small at the gate in GS. I don't quite understand how that helps me, but it does - is it possible for it to be a timing device? I do use it to "stomp" on the skis on the way down but it feels like I can do without almost as well.
Haven't been in GS gates since and didn't get many chances to ski GS since I have to use the short skis to demo stuff on a daily basis...