I have found Ron LeMaster's book "Ultimate Skiing" invaluable in improving my skiing from the theoretical side and in terms of understanding what instructors are telling me. I have been taking advanced instruction in an Adult Race program for the past four years. On Tuesday I participated in a race clinic and afterwards showed the instructor the book. As he thumbed through and looked at a number of the pictures he immediately looked to see when it was published. Since it was published in 2010 he made the assumption that most of the pictures probably came between the years 2006 and 2008. He commented that some of the pictures show techniques that have changed in the past 6 years. Specifically he called out Figure 3.18 on page 48 showing Ted Ligety using a large initial steering angle to start a GS turn. Since the time that photo montage was published Ligety has developed a new technique where he basically carves the entire turn with a very quick transition. (Described in the NYT video.) He also talked about what Mikaela Shiffrin has done in terms of changing the best technique for slalom.
My friend also talked about the preferred means for executing the transition having changed from toppling across the skis and waiting for the skis to engage in the new turn, to rather moving the legs and skis from one side of the body to the other without raising the torso and the head up. Basically moving the legs and skis under the body rather than extending and moving the body over the skis.
I was wondering if there any montages out there from Ron LeMaster, or anyone else, showing these new techniques that racers have developed in the last six years. Any further insights on the transition or thoughts on the topic would be appreciated.