I guess this more a comment than a question. I have always struggled with steep slopes. The fear factor is #1 and then that leads to the revert to side skid/panic technique. Obviously I am an intermediate skier.
I downloaded a ski instruction video called Ski School Again. Its a british video filmed at Lake Louise and Ihave found it very, very helpful. There is a lot of good stuff in there but there was one thing that kinda stuck with me and when I put it into practice it changed how I ski a lot!
And that is commiting to the fall line. Leaning down the moutain not back against it. It is counter inutitive to non experts but when I finally just said the heck with it and tried it, it works! Now when I get into what I conside "steep" (still not double diamond) if I keep my upper body facing downhill and actually over the skis leaning down hill, I am able to carve turns where as befrore I'd lkean back and skid. And the more you do it the more easier it becomes!
Now I just ski right over the edge of the steep parts staright, not stopping and gawking or skidding sideways like the gang stopped around me., and then lean downthe hil and carve a turn and whammo, the skis hook up around I go, then the next one.
Probably to you guys this is a duh thing but it was a real eye opener for me.