They suddenly appear as a task and nobody in PSIA showed you how to do it well, they somehow expect you to reverse everything you've been doing and just get it on your own, but if you've been initing your turns by projecting your CoM across through leg extension or by twisting your skis into steering angle, then its really hard to start a retraction turn. Most times at clinics when I see the clinician experiment with retraction style release with the group, its a short experiment that lasts for one run or less and most of the class, and the clinicians, can't do it very well. Folks will retract and be kind of stuck there until they can extend to project themselves into the turn. It is simply outside the PSIA mold. If you want to learn how to do them, study up Harb's stuff, he has it down to to a science.
Whole 'nother topic for another thread or two. The point of this thread is just more about identifying common themes which could be labeled as "PSIA style"
bingo! There are certain final forms they are most definitely looking for. Certain visual cues.
I am OK with all of it really. I will probably pass it soon enough. In the meantime it doesn't matter a whole lot. I am in demand as a ski instructor and I teach the lessons I want. I have outperformed some L3s, who I think are better than me, in the eyes of the students which is what matters most to me. If I was picking I would take a certain L3 over myself everyday of the week, yet the guests who skied with us both got more out of skiing with me and will request me over him... Go figure. My Austrian supervisor has been showing me the retraction move better than anyone for years. I watch him very closely.