Originally Posted by Metaphor_
Last week at a certain incredible camp, I worked on a few things like edging by extending the outside leg and flexing the inside (rather than rolling the joints and projecting into each turn).
The issue I'm facing is that sometimes when extending the new outside leg and flexing the new inside, I roll a bit too much onto the arch of the outside foot too acutely too early, blocking me from steering the ski. Before that happens, I can be ultra-mindful and force my leg to tip "outward" off the arch - but it feels unnatural/artificial to do so. Does this sound like an alignment issue? A weak muscle issue? Am I using too much vertical leg movement for the pitch/speed/turn phase? (I was not the only person to experience this feeling of falling onto the arch.)
I can try to get some video this weekend, but it might not look like anything's happening...
first, let me say I like the focus on avoiding "projecting" into the turn. That being said, it does sound like you may still be doing just that, even though you may not realize it. If you are extending a little more than neccessary in an attempt to create pressure on the new outside ski or in an attempt to gain BTE purchase, then that could cause too much pronation squash.
My advice, which should come as no surprise, is to focus on flexing and tipping like mad the inside ski and try to be more dormant with the outside leg. Just stand on it, don't try to tip it. And extend it slowly, more slowly then you're already doing. Tip the inside one like mad while flexing it.
Here's the thing, when a lot of people first try to do turns with a lot of flexing of the inside leg and try to avoid extending the other leg, they will usually find themselves not really moving across like they used to when they used to project themselves there. It can leave them feeling stuck on the uphill side of the skis. Most often they will resort back to extending a bit more than is ideal to get across. So you need to develop a flow that does not require you to "project" yourself across using extension of the uphill leg. That comes from very very aggressive tipping of the inside foot and flexing of that leg and releasing yourself through. At uber slow speeds its a very small move because you don't have G forces, but it will isolate and exaggerate the effect of downhill foot tipping and leg flexing and feel it just pull your CoM across JUST ENOUGH to get things started, without having to push yourself there. Try to start your turn without using any extension. At first you'll be just kind of stuck. But then focus hard on the downhill foot tipping and flexing that knee down the hill and feel how it nudges your hips onto the downhill side just enough to get the skis to start a turn. Its a test of patience and balance, but it will isolate that small but critical movement for you and help you feel how THAT can start your turn instead of extending your uphill leg to project across.
As you go faster you continue to use that foot tipping and leg flexing, but inertia from the old turn helps to carry you across as well with a proper relaxation and release of the downhill leg, so it all gets easier and possible to cheat on the critical movement mentioned above. But don't cheat on it, keep doing it. It will just be easier at speed is all. You will find that you don't have to extend so much nor will you feel like you're squashing your arch.
Secondly, if your desire is to steer, as JAMT discussed, flattening the outside ski, or keeping it flat to begin with is a way to enable a smeary turn to happen. If you rush to the BTE of that ski, then it will tend to rail. But if you can be more patient about getting to the BTE of that ski, then it will smear a bit and self steer itself. The so called smeared carves, are performed exactly that way, by avoiding going to the BTE too soon, putting focus on tipping the inside ski like mad, but literally holding the outside ski back from tipping, creating a bit of slight bow legged stance in the process. That's not a bad thing if your intent is to avoid pure arc'd carving.
Lastly, you could try everything you learned and do some white pass turns, which will get you off that uphill ski arch. Try to do white pass turns with the focus on no extension, the uphill ski should NOT come off the snow as you crossover.
I doubt you have a boot fit issue.