|Actually if there is not an early weight transfer you create all manner of problems.
I'm not going to hijack my later post by getting into it here, but clearly it sounds like you've never done this style of turn. You have listed some of the problems if mis-executed. Buy you have also not listed any of the benefits when executed properly.
Obviously you are confirming why I would be hesitant to go to an ETU and not be able to select the coach since the very style of turn I want to expand and continue to work on, for some reason, seems outside your experience. (which is odd, since your experience is vast)
If you want to show you understand an issue you must be able to argue from both points of view. Can you list any of the benefits of early weight shift in turns? (I can point you to 3 different authors if you'd like)
Good grief, John. Pardon my amusement, but this is like PhysicsMan "debating" a point of physics with a first grader! To the original point of the thread, it is, of course, up to you to seek out coaches and instructional programs that meet your needs. Some people want the consistency and comfort of a familiar coach and environment. Others prefer the diversity, excitement, and possible conflict that comes from exploring the unknown, from a different perspective than your own. You have expressed a preference for the former, and that is certainly your prerogative. So I'm not sure what you expect or hope to get from this discussion (which you mistakenly suggest is a "debate").
But again, I'll play along, for whatever it's worth....
First, how "early"? I've already explained what should not need explaining--the truism that, if it's "early," then it is not "timely," and therefore it is an error, by definition. You haven't addressed that, and you're going to have to be a lot more specific!
"If there is not an early weight transfer, you create all manner of problems," you say. OK, something to back that statement up seems in order! If you believe that, then how do you reconcile the so-called "weighted release" that I believe you have professed a fondness for? What "manner of problems" does it entail?
You contend that I have not listed the benefits of what you are calling an "early weight transfer." You really should search the archives and read the pertinent threads before you make such an unfounded statement. Even in a recent post to this very thread, I expressed that expert skiers must learn to transfer their weight any time, at any part of a turn.
Elsewhere, I have most definitely elaborated on some of the benefits of balancing on the outside ski, some of which still apply today (biomechanical strength, inside ski as a recovery tool, the ability to stem, step, or displace the other ski laterally or directionally when desirable, etc.), while others (the need for extraordinary pressure to bend the old skis into useful reverse camber, for example) are less important. It takes work and effort to AVOID a weight transfer, so I strongly advocate--and always have--primarily outside ski dominance and foot-to-foot movements as a fundamental of skiing. I disagree with current trends advocating equally-weighted skis--it's a great exercise, and an important skill, but not necessarily an important goal for most turns. All of my "milestone" drawings, from wedge turn up through dynamic parallel, show a very clear outside ski dominance. Racers still practice one-footed balance--even if they often ski on two.
But none of this suggests that you should strive for an "early" or even an "active" weight transfer as habits. And none of this suggests that we should not learn to take advantage of the benefits of two skis on the snow. I contend that, despite the attributes of one-footed balance, there are also benefits of two-footed balance, and today's skis allow the virtuoso skier to exploit both. They also eliminate the (former) need to obsess over having all our weight on the outside ski. It simply isn't as important as it once was, so we can exploit new opportunities that were once unavailable to us.
I certainly do not see the elimination of a wedge as a benefit of lifting a ski. Sure, you can't have a wedge with only one ski. But who cares? (One ski can't be "parallel," either.)
John--you do not have to have "two points of view" to appreciate and exploit both one-footed and two-footed balance. They aren't in competition or conflict with each other, and again, they certainly need not be black and white. Much less black OR white. I encourage you to become skillful at both, which completely eliminates any "debate."
Nevertheless, you apparently see this as a debate. (I can see Physicsman rolling his eyes!) If so, why are asking me to argue your side of it for you? If you can list benefits, why don't you do it? If you have supporting facts, why don't you describe them, rather than simply saying you "can point us" to them, or asking me to do it for you (which I have now done AGAIN)?
John--if you think I'm going to beg you to come to the ETU, you are mistaken. I'd encourage you to, for your own benefit, but it really doesn't matter to me! Coaches are not going to want--or need--to debate you! If you have already found a coach who clicks with you, inspires you, and challenges you, by all means stay with him or her! If you have found a turn, or a movement pattern, that excites you, keep practicing it! If you want someone else's opinion and feedback on it, seek it out. If you don't, don't!
No one here is trying to suggest that you shouldn't ski any way you want, or that you shouldn't like what you obviously do like. Any good coach will help you achieve your personal goals. That, too, is a tenet of PSIA and all good instructors--your goals and needs and motivations are up to you, and we will respect them (even if we don't share them) and do our best to help you achieve them. We may try to help you understand where they fit in a "bigger picture," and we may make you aware of other opportunities and options, but ultimately, your goals and values are yours. Who am I to say they're wrong?
But do keep in mind that if you do not expose yourself to diverse ideas, your skiing, and your understanding, are likely to lack some dimension. As my Center Line (TM) discussion above describes, if you only practice a particular type of movement or turn, you are learning exclusively "linearly," and you may be depriving yourself of a wealth of rewarding experiences. (And by "expose yourself," I don't just mean listening--I mean hearing! I don't just mean reading--I mean comprehending, maybe even applying, which is still pretty low on Bloom's scale of cognition!) If you want to avoid "exposing yourself" to coaches whose views may differ from yours, well, that's up to you. I recommend it, and I seek out that sort of thing, but that's me.
Good luck to you, John. Keep learning!