Highway Star, I have long awaited the day for you to post video of your skiing. To be honest, it is about what I had expected based on all of the grandstanding you do around the forum (apparently TGR wasn't as tolerant?). You are essentially the over-aggressive advanced skier who has been told by their friends and fellow skiers their entire life that they are amazing. After awhile you start to believe it. You came here looking for the same praise, but instead you found a bunch of people that were willing to tell you the truth. For what it's worth, I would listen if I were you. The wisdom in this lies in the old saying: "the foolish flaunt their little skill while the wise conceal their abundance." Maybe you think you are better than most everyone here including the instructors. That is fine, you are entitled to your opinion and probably are better than most. You also have to remember that you do not ski better than EVERYONE here, and to those who can hand it to you on snow any day of the week and twice on Sundays; your arrogance is foolish. BUT, since the goal here is to make you a better skier (and trust me we have lots of places we could start), don't waste too much time thinking on that last little bit (since you will ignore it anyway) and let's focus on your skiing; since YOUR skiing is what this is about right?
Your skiing shows over-aggressive, untrained, mediocre skiing from a skier who only survives on the mountain because of the aggressiveness with which they are skiing... I am not going to side with those who think your skis are too big and too stiff for you, because I don't think they are. Granted they are way too much for how you are skiing on them but if you were using them properly you would probably be fine. At 6' 180lbs and proper technique you wouldn't have as much trouble. I just think you have no idea how to use them. I will also rule out your physical conditioning as being an excuse for your skiing. I think you are showing fatigue because of HOW you are skiing, and not because you are out of shape. Yeah you are probably a little skinny for your size compared to most 'in shape' skiers, but that shouldn't hold you back on terrain that is as simple as what you're showing here.
So now that I have ruled out any possibility of 'other factors' coming into play that may have effected your actual skiing, we can actually get into discussing your skiing - without all of those other nuisances getting in the way of you showing us your true talent for skiing.
You biggest problem is that (as EVERYONE else has said) you are in that back seat. It isn't that you are in the back seat for some of your turns, or a turn here and there, or even turns in one kind of terrain, or because you choose to be, or because it is the best way to ski the skis you are on in the terrain you are in: It is because you are a back seat skier and have no concept of how to get forward. How can I be so sure of this? Watch the latest clip of you carving on SuperStar a few times. Of all the conditions/trails you are on those are the ones that you should be forward and ripping on with EASE. The fact of the matter is that you are not forward or ripping (as it seemed you alluded to earlier in the thread).
Another shining problem, related to being in the backseat, is your lack of a transition. If you do have a transition it is a severe up movement because you are so far back that you have no other choice but to stand up in order to start a new turn. Underneath it all though, I feel you have never developed this part of your skiing, so it goes hand in hand with being in the backseat. Had you ever focused on other kinds of transitions other than a severe cross over, and learned to project your body downhill and head of your skis (especially when carving) you would find it much easier to ski in the front seat always; and find it easier to use higher level maneuvers like rocking to the backseat at the end of a turn, and being able to transition properly so that you are back up front for the start of the next turn. I think you were talking about doing this - but trust me - you aren't doing it.
As other have mentioned your primary turn is a huge up-weight and tossing the skis sideways. Normally we could blame this on the terrain from the first videos, but since you provided us with additional material it is easy to see that this is not a problem that is common to only 'off-piste' type terrain. If you were in the driver's seat while skiing, turn initiation, rounding out your turns, and staying in the turn longer would all be much easier... as would loading up the tips of your skis so they actually bend through the turn (something else your skiing is lacking).
Getting back to your carving (an area that even before I removed the slight up-move from my skiing last season I was moderately adept
at)... A few things show up here. Of course the backseat, and up move are still there, but they are not helped by your over-agressiveness when it comes to developing edge angles and the exaggerated wide stance that results. Because you are initiating the turn from the back seat with a strong up movement, the tip of your ski never draws you into the turn because you are simply not using it. Then because the ski is not bending you force it to by aggressively dropping your upper body toward the apex of the turn. This causes a backseat 'park and ride' turn where you are essentially just riding the side cut of an only slightly decambered ski. What is worse is that because you are not developing the forces in the turn to keep you at the angles you are trying (forcing your skis) to create (you drop your hip into the turn before the skis are ever engaged). This puts you on the inside ski, which then removes even more pressure from the outside - not to mention develops a nasty A-frame and way too wide of a stance for what you are trying to accomplish. Sadly, as soon as you start to weight the inside ski, it will want to run out in front of you in order for you to maintain balance (tip lead). Excessive tip lead (as you demonstrate in your carving) will do one thing for your skiing - you guessed it - it puts you in the back seat by the end of the turn - a position that you cannot possibly recover from with the kind of transition that you know how to execute.
So a few things to work on:
- Initiating turns from the ball of your foot, and staying there (not dropping your hip into the turn to create angles)
- Various transition types (cross-over, cross-under, cross-through, etc). You may also benefit from reading up on ILE (do a search), which was an idea presented here by my former coach. This will help with the fatigue thing, since you will be skiing more efficiently. Once you learn them all you will be ready to step on the gas a little harder, and you won't be as tired.
- Slow down, and round out your turns (btw, that wasn't 35mph), let the tip draw you into the turn. Forcing it just makes a crappy turn, no matter how great you think being aggressive is. If you're good at initiation you can do it while being aggressive and skiing with power.
- Get a shorter pair of skis that have more sidecut (slalom or something like you were looking at before) and practice this stuff at reasonable speeds on groomers. You are never going to learn anything on the skis you have because quite frankly they are too big to learn on (width/sidecut issue). You don't have the skills yet to be using the skis you have as a learning tool, so stop putting yourself through it. Unless you're forcing the carve or angles you aren't even able to get them on edge in a round turn, you just seem to be able to slam them back and forth.
- Quiet down your upper body. Your upper body is a mess - not quiet at all. Ski with bamboo on your shoulders or hold pitchers of beer or something. Ditch the poles and keep your hands in front of you and not moving for a day or two. Make sure you are keeping your shoulders an anything attached to them reasonably still and balanced as well. Working on some drills/skills that involve more flexion in the transition (back to transition work) will aid in this I think.
- Stop telling people how much better at skiing you are than they are. This has little to do with your skiing and is more of a personal improvement issue. However, more people would be willing to help you get to the next level and improve your skiing if you didn't think you already knew everything about the sport. You haven't arrived and you have a long way to go (your skiing is decent, but it is full of technical flaws that show a true lack of understanding for what you are doing, while relying heavily on athleticism to get by). If you are really interested in learning, you would not be contradicting advice that you are getting from industry pros (good advice or not). You should be taking it away, thinking on it, and seeing how you can use it to make you a better skier. Most true experts are learning something every day they are on snow, and are never 'too good' to get a few pointers.
- This is not up for debate like you have one with other posts. Take it or leave it. I don't want to hear about it. It is what it is, and that is something that you are going to have to deal with. Since you don't sugar coat with anyone else, I didn't sugar coat this for you. Take it away, use it, and hopefully become a better skier. Don't take it, don't use it, and you will probably do just fine skiing at the level you are at. Either way I am not interested in debating with you over what is easy to see in your skiing.
Have fun, and good luck with applying what you may or may not have learned in this thread. Hopefully your next batch of videos will show some significant improvement. I also hope that next time you come into a thread like this slightly more humble and willing to accept criticism, although I have my doubts.