I think crank mentions something important, I know for myself and I think most would agree, you can watch a person move and see qualities that you might want, their movement truly effects us, it is why and what our mirror neurons do for us. Even with that though, we can watch a group of skiers we would want to learn from and they will all have differences that are clear to see, even without the benefit of frame by frame breakdown. While there is a general agreement that certain sequences of movement will aid us in feeling efficient and stable across variable terrain. the reality is we all have unique issues that make the development and our achievement of that feeling different. it is really the beauty of it all, there is no protocol.
I think the question you ask jth is a good one for a self learner. The larger issue though is we couldn't even put into language half of what we see that we would want incorporate in our movement, so if we can't filter it through language and higher reasoning, does it make it any less powerful? I don't think so. We are only aware of such a small portion of our sensory feedback anyway, its the feeling of it that is as important as the reasoning and logic. Only masochistic people repeat movement that hurts them.
I actually don't totally agree with dropping things that come easily, while it may be true that awkwardness is a quality of new movement engram building, there is so much left for us to discover in familiar movements, especially the ones that are easy, we are unencumbered, it allows a broader attention and deeper self awareness, that is the skill for a self learner to develop, so when you are faced with the awkwardness of new movement you can apply the skill set quickly and efficiently. maybe even more important is it gives you patience, when you realize there is always going to be refinement of movement there is a peace of mind that comes with it.
@ zenny- doesn't it seem strange that we have created and either/or scenario again, the notion that this is how we see the world certainly seems supported :). I hear this sentiment all the time, that the use of attention in our movement somehow detracts from ability to move. it is bunk. you can ski with flow while bouncing around throughout your body, it is nice to just ski, but we are the kings of multi tasking, we do it every run down the mountain assessing what is external, it is no different when the attention bounces to the internal. while the practice may seem awkward to start and why it may good to slow down and practice it on terrain and speeds that allow you to be safe, it can quickly be learned and applied to higher speed movement. its the same reason you can go ski and have fun and delve into technical crap if a skier likes to. some crazy people even find the technical crap fun, in doses of course :)