Question 1: other than the pole check, should my upper-body stay silent as I'm doing the above "pedaling" motion? As I mentioned before, I'm used to throwing my body down the hill towards the direction of my little toe (old outside ski) to get the proper incline simultaneous to increasing edge angle. I'm not sure how I'm supposed to be developing sufficient inclination unless I throw my body across (I don't want to be stuck in that banana over-angulated at turn entry pose). I worry that relying on knees and ankles to create inclination will only lead to the ugly banana pose of over counter-angulation too early on in the turn.
Keep tipping the feet and relaxing the new inside leg and the angles will increase. As for the upper body, angulation (balancing on the new outside leg)should
always be in proportion to the tipping. It's about balancing. As you are learning, there may be a chance of having things out of proportion, that doesn't diminish the requirement of appropriate upper body balancing demands. Excessive hip counter rotation without commensurate ski tipping angles is no more appropriate than lower body inclination without appropriate upper body counter balancing movements. YM