Vindabona - first off, wow, that's quite the response and I honestly appreciate every word of it.
Skis - I purchased these skis as new old stock (previous year's model) about 10 years ago. I skied 3 or 4 normal seasons (1-2x per week, central NY seasons) on them, then marriage/kids/home got in the way and I went through a few years of only getting out 3-4x per season. So while used, they've not seen extensive use, and a new pair is not in the financial picture until at least one kid is out of day care.
Boots - Bought at the same time as the skis. Technica TNT Icon X. I've never had them professionally fitted or checked. Wouldn't even know where to start with that, but they feel like the best fitting boot I've owned (they're the 3rd pair of boots).
Skiing flat - I believe this is a product of years of bad habits without formal instruction. I feel like after skiing for 20+ years I've gotten pretty darned good at skiing the wrong way. Now I've reached the point where, to improve, I need to ski differently. I was in the back seat, muscling my way around the hill by pushing with my heels. I've since gotten my weight forward ina more ahtletic stance and I remember the "Aha!" moment first time skied a moderate slope with my weight forward and felt my tips engage. The feeling of stability and control was noticeably different/better. I'm sure my equipment could be better set up, but the glaring problem was in my mechanics. Sort of like my golf game...I have OK clubs that I've had for probably 7 or 8 years. I'm a 14 handicap, and I know that buying new clubs is not going to fix anything until I fix my game itself.
I think the hesitance is both. I fear the transition because I don't have that skill down. Same way I feared having my weight forward until I realized that it actually made skiing a lot easier. Once I figured that out and did it a few times, the fear went away. I'm thinking that this is a similar situation. I'm just looking for (and receiving) advice on how to get those first few successful transitions to the downhill edge at the top of the turn.
You're welcome. Thanks for the comments.
As a golfer you understand the notion of it being a "game of opposites". In other words, to make the ball go up you have to hit down. If you lift up, you get a worm burner. Skiing is much like that.
Think of the new never-ever skier who doesn't take a lesson. Skis get a bit out of control, and what is the instinctual thing do do? Move AWAY from the direction of travel (usually sitting back as a response). And does this help? Heck no. He'll stop when he reaches the parking lot. To get control he would have to to the one thing that is counter to his natural response: Move INTO the direction that the skis are traveling so he can stay over them and control them. It's not that much different at the advanced levels. It is the defensive more, or more aptly, the inability to commit to a move that seems counter-intuitive by nature.
And so, as I thought, #3, moving/transitioning the CoM throughout the turn is one of the key elements of the problems. The short answer is that you need to learn to have your body further downhill at the end of the turn than you're used to doing. It is the commitment necessary to ski in advanced situation. So, let's take a worst case scenario and your upper body was TOO FAR down the hill (over your outside ski) at the end of a turn. What would happen? Let's see... You'd be forced to make an adjustment. What would that be? Your feet might just have to roll over to keep up. Right? And what would that mean??? That would mean that you just released the turn earlier than you may have intended and started the next turn a bit earlier as well. What does that mean? It means (in way oversimplified terms and notions) that you just learned the ingredients to making quick turns. So, now you have something to work with as you refine the other elements. Feel me? And trust me, you'd have to move your body W A Y down the hill to fall over downhill of your skis.
Again, you need a good instructor to work with you on the hill, but IF he/she can identify the root of your issues and know how all the other pieces fit together, it's not all that difficult. All it takes is a little retraining.