Okay when I think of an apex I am thinking of where you are almost done with the corner. The start of the turn was way before that point. It's sort of the point where you are most angled in and have the most of your turn done at. It's the point you touch before starting that transition out. Is that where the gate should be? When we are talking cars or bikes it is really the point where you cannot be on the brakes or the gas. The reason is that you are the most turned in at that point. You only have so much traction at the apex your in 100% on the turn. After that your starting the transition out of the turn and you can hit the gas again. So if we translate that at the gate I would be 100% in the turn. After the gate I would release the ski and setup for the next turn. Does that sound right? I can't imagine that at the gate I would be releasing the ski but that is what it almost sounds like your saying.
You might be right a bigger radius might actually force me to do that. I used to ski 27 meter skis without plates and had to give myself extra room for that reason. I still started most turns at the gate but was able to get some good lines sometimes with them. The problem is that I have become very efficient at stivots or pelvis rotation of the skis. So a larger radius ski only reaffirms what I have been doing wrong this whole time. I have to carve every turn and find the right spot to start that turn.
Um, no! the apex is basically the center point of the turn, not the end of it!
Crappy illustration, but hopefully this helps.
By the time you are at the gate you should be in the process of releasing into the next transition. If you are on a tight radius carver or cheater you can be lazy with it and even have a tiny bit of neutral glide between gates. If you have a longer radius ski, that transition needs to be more deliberate and aggressive and you will always be on edge.
If I'm tapping gates behind my shoulder I know my timing is clicking. If I'm hitting gates with the front of my shoulder or arm I know I'm late and not taking round enough turns.
winner, winner, chicken dinner!!! Good description TT!