Just taking a quick break from boating to dive back into skiing for a bit - I see the thread has taken a different turn, in the sense that we're still arguing, but about something different.
The way I understand it, we angulate to maintain balance. Counterbalancing is a specific form of "lateral" angulation, preferably from the hip, which is nicely defined to include what and when you are counterbalancing: the tipping of the lower body into the turn and that you counterbalance as you're tipping.
If you look it up on wikipedia, "counterbalance" will redirect to counterweight: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterweight
We certainly could ski quite square, bank into turns in good skeletal alignment and forego counterbalancing but it would limit our angles, not to mention pendulum body thing. TADA. The reason we counterbalance is to allow more tipping than otherwise... which allows more angles, shorter turns and effective speed control.
Angulation of joints is how we achieve counterbalancing. Although "angulation" is generally taken to mean "hip angulation" and specifically: lateral.
I have had success with using counterbalancing - it is easily understood "as you tip the skis on edge you have to counterbalance" rather than "do the side crunch because it's fun" or "angulate like this because I ask you to".
This is how I make it understood: tip your skis on edge. Now bend the body the other way and see how much more you can tip the skis...
This makes the entire concept very easy to grasp.
The fulcrum would be an interesting discussion, between low speeds where the edges provide a lever versus performance skiing where you're floating when you need to angulate so... it's more interesting...
"early angulation" - you see Ted do that, in the release sequence, if I understood what you mean by it. On a more regular basis, it is important after skis flat to allow massive edging angles in the "high C" to start the carving early. Equally visible in Ted's above the gate.
counterbalancing on a motorcycle:
on motorcycles there is also the opposite of counterbalancing - weirdly though with roughly the same goal: faster turns :)
moving the weight lower allows the bike leaning axis to rise allowing more speed at the same G forces and given tire hold (1.3g or more), i.e. tighter turns for the same speed or going faster through the same turn.
in skiing, the edge hold limit is given by snow and platform angle, so... no point hanging off...
Edited by razie - 7/20/15 at 8:34am