I had one of those "click" moments today when skiing. I'm well aware that most people tend to get stuck in the backseat while learning/improving, and I have tried to avoid it. However, I think I've been "leaning forward" wrong all along, as I believe I was actually tipping my head forward (and hence actually pushing my rear end even further back). I've never been a very flexible guy.
Today, I felt the sensation of keeping my whole body forward and it made a huge difference in my skiing. I've been doing the 30 days of 30 minutes of squatting per day from the ski exercises thread and I think that has loosened my shins up enough to do so. That, along with the mental clicking that I need to be up more on the balls of my feet almost sticking my chest forward (instead of just my head) to the point where I feel almost weightless during the transition, has given me a whole new level of confidence. I was comfortably cruzing down runs that just a week ago I would not have dared even try. Even the runs that I normally do were much more fun, as being forward I got to experience that feeling of weightlessness/flying/rollercoaster that had eluded me previously.
Now, on to my two part question. To get forward, I often find myself almost bouncing forward when I come out of my turns. This gives me that feeling of weightlessness and gets me into the proper position to get ready for the next turn. However, at times I feel like I'm almost on the edge of popping off the hill, and if I were to hit a bump during that transition it would send me either flying off the hill or flat on my face. Is this a normal feeling and is there any credence to this worry (IE if I hit that wrong bump would it leave me on my face)? Or am I actually being too aggressive getting forward?
I realize this is tough to answer without a video but unfortunately that's not an option right now as my ski partner is done for the season.