I would like to refocus on the mechanics of Cball's turns and have a discussion on what makes good turns better? The finer details which transform an average turn transition into a buttery smooth, beautiful piece or artistry.
I have allowed myself to be distracted by those who don't understand what is going on in our chosen model turns here, so let's let go of the "gotta carve all the time faction" and look closer at how to finish turns more across the hill and maintain as much momentum possible in the direction the skis are pointed (ie: closer to carve than skid or less slip more grip).
There is another thread that has popped up in the last couple days seeking MA on some short radius turns that may be good to compare to Cannonball's turns to contrast what is happening or not happening at the transition/edge change.
As I said in an earlier post here, one of the marked differences I notice between a good skier and an exceptional skier in short radius turns is the ability to begin a movement of the hips/cm across the skis to the new turn while simultaneously continuing to put a "fish hook" on the completion of the present turn with the feet. This is difficult to describe for me in words but the sensations and visuals are unmistakable. This movement demonstrates a deinclination of the body with an increased angulation of the lower legs. The subsequent release of the edges coincides with the hips being lower to the snow and the knees moved quickly from an angulated postion on one side of the skis to the other before the extension begins allowing the skier to pressure the top of the turn and begin to shape it before the fall line.
The "preturn windup" movement allows the skis to turn a bit more across the hill as the edge angle is lessened creating more tension in the muscles then when the skis are flattened the tension is released and redirected to the shovels of the skis shaping the top of the new turn.
Cannonball posted earlier about "supporting, catching, or deflecting" the COM with the movements on the four different planes. I really like that imagery! In relation to the turn he is making, as his feet move forward and around at the completion he is "catching" "deflecting" then "supporting" his COM as he enters the new turn. I hope Cannonball will clarify or adjust my perception of this?! The point I am trying to make is an exceptional turn includes anticipating with the feet the accelerations and decelerations in the turn and positions the feet proactively to compensate for this (balancing in the future). This is apparent when you see the tips slightly in the air at the turn completion and as the edges change the feet are pulled back under the hips redirecting the pressure to the shovels.
In less skilled skiers these attributes are missing. The skiers tend to end one turn with an abrupt down movement, a pause, and then an up movement releasing the edges.