Originally Posted by Damavand
You have validated my suspicion about the inside ski not having enough angle. I used to be a pretty decent skier but stopped skiing for nearly twenty years and just started back last year. I think the most notable technique evolution during this time has been the importance of having an active inside a ski.
IMO the most helpful observations and suggestions were made by JESINSTER, and LF. But I do appreciate all comments. The fear of catching an inside edge or putting too much weight to the inside ski is holding back my progress. Hopefully I can squeeze in another couple of days of skiing this season and work on improving.
Damavand, you're right. You need to start your turns with your focus on your inside ski/foot/leg. This will not make you catch an edge. If you keep that inside foot up under you (NOT out to the side), you won't have too much weight on it. Here's a simple exercise to get yourself familiar with balancing on the outside ski while using an inside ski tipping focus.
--Do a straight run on easy terrain. Tip the left foot to its LTE (little toe edge). The right foot should also tip, but your focus should be on the left foot (new inside foot) getting the ski on its LTE.
--Do nothing else. That left foot should stay pretty much under you. Keep your upper body, hips and all, facing straight down the fall line. Balance!
--Then focus on tipping the right foot to its LTE; repeat, repeat.
--What should happen is that you wiggle your way straight down the fall line in a very narrow corridor, standing pretty tall, with both feet staying under you. Your two feet should be tipping to the same angle because of your focus on the new inside one. If you've successfully not done any hip dumping, not turned your body left-right, and not rotated either ski, your skis should be arcing in little wiggly half-turns. You may gain speed, but you're on easy terrain.
--To complete the turns and to widen the corridor for speed control, turn farther by flexing that inside leg more-more while tipping its foot/ski farther up on its LTE. The flexing of that inside leg should keep the foot up under you while bringing the knee up towards your chest. (This is very different from sending both feet out to the side. Doing that would put too much weight on the inside ski, and maybe make you catch that edge.)
The point of doing this is to figure out how to stay balanced with both feet under you, while tipping left-right equally, and using the skis the way they were meant to be used. If you have a memory of having too much weight on the inside ski, that is probably because you leaned your entire body inside the turn, or you dropped your hip unnecessarily, or you sent both feet out to the side to increase your edge angle.
Best of luck on getting more good days in this season. There's not much left out there.