Need a sanity check before I gather more gear. [Yes, I know that's counter Epic standards, but I'm asking anyways. :-]
Short: Would like to know if a more narrow width frontside ski will help me get turn initiation down quicker?
Been skiing a couple of 80/20 78-79mm width skis @ 170cm. Am ~5'6" @ 155lbs. I find skiing greens too easy and relatively steep blues ok, but not with the effortless grace desired. Am visiting various resorts in the larger Tahoe area.
I want to get turn initiation down. Am not quite as in the backseat as last year, and with each ski day, there's less and less quad burn. But, I'm still working on patience turns, and rounding out my turns. I find it takes a bit of effort to move COM in the right direction, at the right time. As is, I'm getting about 2 good runs out of 5. A few ski days ago, it was closer to 1 good run out of 10, so there's some improvement.
Just did a private group lesson and it re-iterated the need for better 'turn initiation' with inside LTE tipping (also reduce the inside ski wander), and more dynamic (flex-extension) stance (for edge release and COM movement). In other words, the usual intermediate hang ups.
I'm wondering if more narrow skis would help hone technique faster. I'm willing to put in the mileage to get there, but if equipment can help, why not?
Bonus question: If the answer is to get a more narrow ski, which? or rather, what characteristics to chase?
Thanks in Advance.