OP, listen to the slicers!!
You definitely need more speed.You might want to get used to small air on little bumps on the groomed when you have a chance.
"get use to it. On skis shit happens, the better we get the less shit happen but as long we as stay on our feet in balance who cares? learning to be strong but supple from our legs to our upper body will help you power though anything." - BushwackerinPA
Conversely, the OP might want to get used to not catching air on small bumps, i.e. actively flexing and extending to keep skis on the snow in a bump field, or the little mini-moguls at the sides of most runs. They're easy to find, just look for where the 12-year-olds are skiing.
But profundity as usual comes from BWPA. Last year he said something similar to me - that it doesn't matter if you get tossed around in crud or other 3-D snow, just so long as you can recover. I quit worrying about being tossed around, and consequently got tossed less.
This idea of "strong but supple" legs is something I'm just now getting the hang of. Ironically, it's something the motor system can do extremely well, unconsciously. Your legs are doing this when you stand on a rocking boat. They're loose enough to absorb the random perturbations of the waves, but with just enough tone to keep you upright.
The motor system is like a team of talented programmers and the conscious mind is a CEO who knows nothing about computers. As long as the CEO sticks to setting goals, the company runs efficiently. But if the CEO tries to interfere in the actual writing of code, everything grinds to a halt. This is the central paradox of ski instruction, I think. If you tell a student precisely what movements to perform, often the result is stiff and unnatural. Goal-directed mental cues are probably the most helpful.
So the goal-directed advice that has been presented in this thread is:
- Let your skis run. Don't fight the fall line.
- Don't worry about the little bumps
- Focus your attention on something downhill, ideally something interesting
- If you get thrown out of balance, trust that you can recover
- Get comfortable catching air
- Get comfortable not catching air