Again, I´m too late with my two cents. And again, it´s because I was skiing and using the G-forces discussed here.
Risking that only few will be eager to come back to the topic almost beaten I can´t but add my comments.
There seems to be some misunderstandings and also lack of willingness to understand the other side.
(i) „having“ the G-forces somewhere in the turn
JM´s formulation implies that you can „have“ them in some part of the turn according to your decision and activities.
This is partially true. If you can shape your turn at will and decide about the timing as well you often can release the pressure (and relax the outside leg) very early, i.e. immediately after the apex of the turn, still within John´s second third.
This could be typicall of free skiing where line and timing are either totally free or to some lesser degree dictated by the slope (width, pitch, bumps, etc.).
This could also be typical of recreational skiing – but, IMHO, is NOT. Rec skiers mostly dwell on their skis after the falline. They either want to enjoy the thrill of the carve and/or they simply don´t (have to) master the art of fast transition.
This may even be typical for some low-level public races with simple quasi-GS courses on flats with minimally offset gates (which a good skier takes easily in a tuck).
Similarly, flat passages of real races, also done in a tuck.
Unfortunately, in real gate conditions with much offset gates the situation is as Rick described.
You don´t decide about your turn very much: the gates are there and the line and timing are practically given (let´s omit DH with some possibilities of varying line).
In racing, you can´t shape your turn at will anymore. You don´t decide where you „have“ the G-forces. They build up, occur and you „have them“ not where you would like to but where the physics of the turn decides.
(ii) the apex of the turn and the falline
I suspect that this point might be another source of misunderstanding. As we know the angle of the shot might be deceiving. I guess JM takes frame 5 (http://www.ronlemaster.com/images/latest-images/slides/bode-bc-2004-gs.html)
with Bode´s „long leg“ as the max point and falline, followed by flexing the outside leg. As it seems to me (we don´t see the previous and the next gate) the real falline is frame 4, maybe 3, or somewhere between. Which would mean that 4,5 and 6 are already after the falline but Bode´s outside leg is still „strong“, „long“ and loaded. Flexing in 7 would be not immediately after the falline but substantially further – and in such a case we would all see the same.
(iii) I agree that a fast transition (which logically also means flexing of the outside leg) as soon as POSSIBLE is one of the keys to success in technical racing. The stress is on POSSIBLE because it is not always possible to relax the outside leg and start to cross over that early.
It may be more the skill of the best racers to do the transition very quickly. (That´s what I admired on Freddy Nyberg´s tracks when I studied them this March – I refered in another thread.) Those of us who run gates know the problem: to get the body „to the other side of skis“ as early and as fast as possible after the gate.
Well, then maybe it´s not that the good racers always relax their outside leg immediately after they pass the falline (they don´t – alpine racing is much more diversified, as well as its turns and situations on the slope) but that they can do the transition faster with excellent timing.
If we could agree on this at least half of the debate would be over.