Originally Posted by ChuckT
I was trying to carve, obviously unsuccessfully. My intent was to get higher edge angles and smooth transition from turn to turn.
You've gotten exceptional input from Bob, and I'd encourage you to chew it and really digest it. It's rich!
The sensations I look for when playing arc-to-arc on that kind of terrain are the slicing of my ski edges in the snow, and the sensation of both inside ski edges cutting that arc (although with pressure progressively moving to the inside edge of the outside ski during the course of the turn). By slicing, I mean the movement of a carving knife through meat. You don't just push down, you slice. By both edges, I don't mean equal weight, but rather that I can feel both skis on the snow and feel the pressure change from ski to ski as the new ski becomes outside. I like those pressure changes to be like a pendulum... increase... then decrease.
When I look at your skiing, I see you doing what you intend in terms of getting all your weight onto the new outside ski. But, it's contrived. You're using a lot of muscle to do it.
Here's one of my favorite drills (that you may have seen me mentioned in other threads): Start with pure railroad track drills. Try to make arcs without moving your knees at all. Just use your ankles inside your boots. This is MUCH harder for most people than they expect. No knee or leg movement at all. Just tip your feet a little bit... enough to make the skis arc. Do this on very flat terrain.
Once you get comfortable with these sensations, amp up the speed on a green a bit, and allow yourself to balance along your edges (note: not AGAINST them!). Your body moves inside the arcs to maintain that balance, but you're still not making any abrupt movements. After you get a feel for that, find a green that allows you to gently take those arcs onto a groomed blue, again maintaining those sensations.
Even if it doesn't change your skiing, it's fun.
But, I think you might find it helps your skiing, too.