1) @TheRusty : Can you elaborate on "stop control" vs. "go control"?
2) I see many people mentioned about the importance of "fitness". What about "athletic" ? I tend to think, in order to pick up this sport and advance at a decent pace, you have to be both "fit" and "athletic". Is this not true?
I consider myself as fit, but not athletic (I pick up new sport slow). Hence I progress slow.
1) Mileage: quality vs quantity. I think mileage is important, but more important is the quality of the mileage (at least to me). Because of my fear for speed and steep, as part of the "desensitization" process, I need to expose myself more to steeper terrains and go at a faster speed. The more often I can ski on those terrains at decent speed (with good control), the more I can be used to speed and steep. After eliminating this fear part, I believe my mind can be free, and be opening to try out new techniques / tricks (like edging).
2) Fear. Fear is learned. It is true that as I age, my fear of things exponentially grow. Again, unless I can let go of that mental baggage, I doubt I can progress much.
Enjoyed reading this discussion thread, I can very much relate to many of the issues / challenges you mentioned. Now I know that I am not alone.