Slatz-your'e right it isn't a "fair" question. Relating to a different thread on becoming an instructor, it is important to know how to teach, and what to teach. However, when you are trying for Level 3(for example) you need to know what is correct according to the "bible". At the higher levels of skiing, it is neseccary to have a higher level of understanding...or bullshit, whichever is easier.
I think we would all agree that balance, pressure, edging and rotation(whatever you call it) all have to combine just in the right amount to get the turn you want. Well...which do you do first...according to the "bible" you are teaching from?
Bob's answer is a nice one, but some learners can only think and move linearly. In a progression, you introduce one skill at a time, and then combine them for the "WOW" look. Afterwards it feels that it is all done at the same time. Think of when you were taught how to drive a standard transmission. Clutch/gas feet took awhile to work smoothly together. Didn't you start in a linear fashion?
Taking a piece from the AASI Snowboarding text. "tidbit" is a new way to look at movement on the snow. I'll try it here on turning. T=timing of what you are doing. I=intensity of what you are doing. D=duration of what it is you are doing.
I feel that a C shape turn starts with more pressure, or lack of, to initiate movement. You can't change edges for the new turn (you are finishing the old turn)unless you change the amount of pressure on your skiis. You can't rotate, because the edges prevent you from going from the old turn into the new one.
So...for the future outside ski..T=for increased pressure at the beginning of the turn. I=smooth transition..getting more pressure through the turn. D=Until you are ready to turn in the other direction.
Then...for the inside ski..T=decreased pressure(collapse?) at the beginning of the turn. I=smooth transition..getting less pressure through the turn. D=Until you are ready to turn in the other direction.
We could come up with TIDBITS for edging, rotation and balance. Yes Bob, they all happen at the same time, and yes, this is too much to try to explain to a student. So...we break it down (linear?)into manageable pieces.
At some point, all come together...and you have a smooth turn..according to the "bible" that you are teaching from.
SO...if this makes sense(bullshit?), why do many coaches stress rotating(direction of your line)first? This was as recent as the 1999 ski season.
So...who's "bible" is right. Or do we all turn atheists and take up knitting???