Back when I used to race in high school, I remember GS turns being fairly effortless, but SL (Short Radius) turns were much harder. It seemed this way for just about everyone on the team, and I recall hearing comments at race camps and from coaches along the lines of "Anyone can make their way through a GS course, but SL is where you thin out the herd." So over the years, this thinking has stuck with me, and I devoted a HUGE amount of time and effort towards Short Radius turns. I take pride in knowing that I can cram more Short Radius turns into a run than probably anyone else on the mountain (at least those that I've seen). Part of this obsession with SR turns has to do with the amount of control it creates, and the ability to crawl down a 30 degree slope while others blow by you accelerating at every turn because they simply can't control their speed.
This was all during the mid/late 90s when sidecuts were rather modest, and the carving craze was just getting started. So lets skip ahead 15 years to the present. I've made the transition to modern skis, and I've adopted (still tweaking) modern techniques, and welcomed the concept of a Short Radius Carved Turn. However, I've noticed that I can only pull off clean Short Radius Carved Turns (RR Tracks) at what I would consider the upper limits of what I might consider Short Radius turns (bordering on what I might consider Mid Radius Turns). I have also noticed that in order to maintain a level of control, the turns tend to become longer to allow for a better finish. If I try to turn a shorter radius, I either lose some of the control, or I lose the RR tracks.
So getting to the actual question of this thread; Am I attempting to make turns that are not reasonable to expect from a typical advanced skier? Is there a limit to how short a Short Radius Carved Turn will be (Again, typical advanced skier)?
NOTE: This isn't really critical to my skiing, or my enjoyment of the sport, but is more something I've been thinking about on a more academic level. If I need a shorter turn, rest assured that I will make that turn with or without perfect RR tracks.