Originally Posted by Seven
Is that it or is there more?
That's it. If your hands are in the fall line then your upper body is in the correct position (as they say in tele skiing "carry the pizza"), and if you are leading with your face then you are forward both physically and psychologically. From that position your skis turn easily because the mountain is out of the way and you are using your tips to initiate the turns. The only thing to concentrate on is what your ski feels like it is doing.
I am totally blown away by some of the instuctor threads on this site. The level of analysis of body movement is unbelievable, much less trying to convey that to a trepidus novice. I can barely think about one technique tip at a time while skiing, so I just try to feel what the ski is doing. For me it's like sex, if you are concentrating on anything but feel you are probably not doing it right (or totally enjoying it), on the other hand you don't have to worry about falling out of bed at 40 m.p.h.
My pea-brained theroy is that 85% of problems are caused by the skier's weight not being forward enough. Almost every time you see a skier "in trouble" at least one of their hands is too far back (i.e shoulder back, hip back, weight back). Your skis are made to work going in pretty much only one direction, forward. If you are not totally commited to that direction it just gets harder to turn them. ("Those who hesitate are lost") You do not have to be skiing fast to make this work. That is the pretty much the sum total of my instruction knowledge.
Thanks to everybody who contributed to this thread. I really enjoyed hearing what eveybody else is concentrating on while skiing.