Ok, you guys make me work.
MGA: Here are the words which I thought were brilliant and which I believe help explain counter.
After hearing those words along with watching the video demos, I believe that “Release Direction” and “Counter” are the two sides of a single coin. So, “Counter” is the position your body is in prior to, during and after, the Release Point (of your CoM).
If your must redirect your body to a different Release Direction after your Release Point you either entered the turn with too much or too little counter for the intended turn outcome.
Now let’s read the friggin’ words:
"You can use your release direction as a holistic process that influences your entire performance.
Your release direction is the direction in which you choose to let your body travel at the release point.
This will influence your edge changing process, the duration of your flat spot, the radius of the turn you make, and so the path of your skis over the snow.
So let's take a moment to explain this more clearly.
When you change edges, your body moves across your feet to create a flat spot. Though sometimes this can feel like your feet moving under your body. The point is in what direction exactly is your body moving?
If it moves forward diagonally across your feet towards the tip of your skis, the edge change process will be gradual, the flat spot will be relatively long, and the radius of the next turn is very likely to be long also.
If your body moves directly downhill across your feet, the edge change will be rapid, the flat spot relatively brief, and the radius of the next turn is likely to be short.
And of course all the variations between these limits are available to you. ... You can use your choice of release direction and your influence over it to guide your entire performance with subtlety and fluency.”
My point was that you should know when you have too much or too little counter when it makes the direction of the release of your CoM inefficient. I.e., when the amount of counter you take into the turn is too much/too little for your intended CoM release direction out of the turn, requiring a redirection of your CoM out of the turn.
And for any internet jockey who criticizes the skiers in the video. You are not an instructor. Those are demos. That is not free skiing. My guess is those skiers free ski better than most of the readers of this forum.
Should we be having this discussion in the private Instructor to Instructor subforum?