Pierre, you have a good point.
Let me clarify what I meant about leading with inside shoulder.
I tried to put emphasis on the leading
when inside shoulder is concerned. I guess “into the turn” was a bad choice of words (as you may have noticed by now, English is not my native language, so I do make mistakes like that) that made you assume that I was talking about turn initiation. I was not.
That lead with the inside half of your body (countering), not just shoulder, but arm, hip, knee, foot (be careful with the foot though, I will elaborate on later) applies to the active phase of the (mostly high speed) turn. The two main reason for countering are getting the inside part of your body out of the way to allow better angulation and bringing your center of mass forward. It is important to keep you shoulders parallel to the surface (carving posters with a guy dropping his inside shoulder and touching snow with his inside palm and raising his outside hand in the air are crowd pleasing but that is a poor technique when snow gets hard and your is high) in order to keep pressure on your outside ski that does most of the work. That is why I do not like leaning
When thinking about countering (after I done my turn initiation, which is a split second anyway) I mainly focus on three body parts.
First, is driving my inside knee forward and out while flexing it. That keeps my feet parallel (still trying to get rid of that old-school A-frame) and brings my inside hip where it belongs. I would caution against driving your inside foot forward (no matter which toes you think about). When you focus on getting you inside foot forward, you actually extend your knee, which in turn drives your inside hip back ( and that is a big NO). That is also the reason why skating move is no longer a part of racing technique. Actually I heard from some racing coaches about driving the inside knee forward while trying to keep the inside foot back (still about boot length ahead of your outside foot) so your inside hip does not drop back. One good tip I picked about hips last summer. If you draw a line from the heel of your boot perpendicular to your skis, your butt should always stay ahead of it.
Second, is driving by hands forward (for me it’s the toughest one) leading with the inside shoulder. Latter comes pretty naturally when you have to clear a GS panel.
Third, is driving down with outside hand and shoulder. That move adds a lot of power to a turn.
PS Elaborating on turn initiation, would be off topic…
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” – Can not ski so I might as well talk about it.