Teton..junkie : Many thanks for your studied and measured observations. First of all, please, I appreciate the observations, its not too basic for me, the Robert Frost paraphrase captures my view of my level and where I plan to get to. After all, have to keep up with my boy.
The first video on this thread is the one at Lech-Zurs and that is the one that is most relevant, I presume that is the one you saw. The one from Mar09, "Dax's Dad skiing 1 year .." is from Catamount and it was presented as a frame of reference in the conversation where I thought I had become pretty good and then Ron White's comments hit home hard, on first day at Lech. There is absolutely not ONE, no kidding, nary a one slope which is comparable to the Blues at Catamount, forget the Greens, that is where they teach their toddlers.Actually, a few travel guides have noted the "sneaky" reclassification of the blacks into reds, many note the "blue run" into Lech - very wide but really, really steep in parts and most advise that intermediates are going to get a "fright" - I got used to it and can handle it fine but it is steep, and with moguls and sticky snow in the afternoons, even harder and dog-tiring. On a red run, where i fell, this time because other skiiers blew by me and I lost my concentration (i make no excuses as you can see from my follies laid bare above, but this time it was the others coming much too close), i was slip-sliding down calmly, i fell, and slid another 20 ft, and that was a low velocity fall, its steep at LZ! One travel blog stated it point-blank, LZ is not exactly a place where intermediates will feel comfortable. I would say, cant imagine a better place to ski on this planet(limited experience so hard to compare but the facilities are incredible and the slope-sk-terrain extent gigantic) , but wholeheartedly agree, not someplace for folks who are tentative and so on.
The other incredible thing was, almost everyone seemed to be a good skiier. I was quite proud of my son, that his skiing improved exponentially through the week, and by the end of it (if you have the patience, you are invited to watch the video "Dax skiing Lech, Zurs with Klaus..." - as the one who composed it, I of course think its a great piece of art! But thats your call naturally) my son was really firing up those carves and you are spot on, he is so relaxed and he is not a foolish risk-taker, he learnt his lesson from a fall in 07, at Catamount, he went airborne and landed on his head! good thing he had a helmet on and I caught it on film, i think that memory has been burnt into his brain! He definitely gave those Austrian and German kids a run for their skis, even the ski instructors (and Klaus would not bullsh*te me) were pretty amazed. I saw him in his group classes, by the third day, he was mr carve-meister..leaving many in his snowdust.
Now to the observations: One thing I have realized and you highlight Quote " As you extend try to move laterally across the skis towards the apex of the next turn. Across and forward, not just up." I noticed watching my up-and-forward movement, that the "forward" bit is something I need to work on much more, i need to really combine the up-unweighghting with an exaggerated forward movement, and I like your idea of adding "across". i.e. lateral move as I move forward, to get the hip moving across. I watched Klaus video in conjunction again and the forward bit was the bit I need to get to. It was 6 days with Klaus and 2 of those he focused on my boy, but I know that he made me a much better skiier, and significantly more confident. He taught me one lesson, and forced me to slow down, after watching me the first day, by the afternoon he drily observed that "Rishin, you are skiing way too fast for your skill level" and then proceeded to slow me down. Learning one's limitations after all is really the first step to genuine improvement and finding the road to overcoming the same.
One question: when you say "exaggerated flexion extension" what are you referring to precisely, is it the shortening of downhill leg, lengthening of uphill leg achieved through ankle and knee flexing and extending?
On the mantra, you can hear him yelling 1-2-3, and I actually started counting 4-3-2-1 to give myself the room to be patient. I like "who's your falline" ... cracked me up..will adopt with due credit to its originator, i.e. you.
You noticed the stiffness! Tell me about it, I feel like I am dynamic but then I see that I am not. But seriously, the drag on my right foot when I turn right, i.e. its the new uphill leg, is a real pain, makes me very tentative, the moving up-and-forward went a long way to fixing that, but I do think, my new boots need some more precision alignment adjustment. Will try to hook up with Ron White's bootfitter pals in upstate NY who he recommends, the Surefoot folks got me a nice pair of boots (great price) and they fit better but the alignment issues mess with the mind! A friend of mine Adrian from Canada calls me "Roboto" !
The squatty part - yes, absolutely its defensive, it lessened a bunch in LZ I think.
And finally, I am reasonably certain, I was mentally less-aggressive at LZ since (a) I really could'nt believe how fast I was going before I knew it; (b) the injuries most likely had me more careful.
Once again, many thanks for the advice. It goes right into my ski-tips cheat sheet.