Great input by all of you. And thanks razie for the video link. I have watched a lot of JFB's instructional videos and they are great. Lots to be learned from them. One of the things that JFB is trying to teach in his video is "direction" over "compression". He also teaches how to release and how to create outside ski pressure. This is also something I do. This is for example the reason I don't teach up-extension to flatten the skis and release when wedge turning. For the same reasons JFB described in his video. We are both trying to avoid compression. You don't want to compress where you should actually extend. The pressure build up is a result of other movements. Instead I teach how to distribute the pressure between the skis in order to have them turn one way or another. More friction on your left ski is going to turn you right. More friction on your outside ski is going to turn you inside.
One thing he does not teach in the video is how to up-unweight his turn initiation. In his case its just a result of other movements. Mainly change of direction. Here is one of the few differences between my and JFB's teaching method. Even if the result is the same. I don't teach the release by sliding sideways and direction by turning my legs and feet but instead I teach direction by edging and balancing movements in combination with leg turning but more importantly the release by pressure control. Note that we are reaching the exact same goal, just going there a bit differently.
Who was first, the egg or the chicken? I'm referring to active vs passive weight transfer. Who was first, outside ski pressure or turning? On this issue I'm with Tim except that in my video the movements were much more subtle than they would be during a lesson. At the very beginning, first lessons first 5 minutes, I go for a 100% active weight transfer. In this case it would be me standing on flat snow and showing how I transfer weight from one side to the other by leaning sideways with my upper body. The reason is that there is no speed that is the critical component of passive weight transfer. As we progress onto the bunny slope and start wedging down the hill, bending sideways to create pressure helps in two ways: the skis turn easier and we start to ingrain the angulation movement. At the other end of the spectrum, advanced carving and ski racing, there is a 100% passive weight transfer. That means that we only tip our skis and there through we get the turn forces react upon us. Still we need to actively angulate in order not to bank. So the active weight transfer served a very important purpose. And why not learn it from our very first 5 minutes of our first lesson?
I particularly liked JFB's segment starting at 07:30. A great demo of how not to compress into your turns. I have this great wedging exercise where you turn in a wedge by releasing the inside ski by lifting its tip of the snow. This is a butt killer but very effective in teaching outside leg extension, proper hip placement, angulation, inside ski tipping and ridding that up-down motion we don't want. At 07:47 you can see JFB's version of it where he is not actively lifting that inside ski but still does almost the exact same movements.
One slight difference between JFB and myself is that I'm not so absolute in my teaching. I like the way he holds his grounds. Something I could definitely learn a lot from .