I am responding to this in retrospect, post academy. I write with hesitancy, since I realize that some of you may not understand what I am about to say.
Skiing in fear, means that you ski with the brakes on. What I discovered in Utah, is skiing this way actually makes the skiing scarier. Its a self fufilling prophecy! If you are one of those lucky people for whom fear is never an issue, you have probably never experienced this.
I will try to describe this as best as I can. If you ski defensively, chances are that you have a rather fast turn iniation. This will make the skiing feel jerky, causing you to feel off centered. It may also bring you too far into a traverse. This is deadly on narrow trails. You are always crossing the trail, becoming a road hazzard. You can end up in the trees. Boarders can jump on your head.
Many scared people are afraid of the fall line. But the fall line, along with its collegue, whose name is gravity, is actually a skiers best friend. Along the sides of the trail is where the evil demons and goblins hide. They try to trick you into believing that the fall line is your enemy. Don't buy it!
Skiing with the breaks on means that you are not in a flow state. You are in anything but a flow state. The amount of muscle involved in abrupt turn iniation causes tension. Tension causes accumulation of the stress howmone, cortisol. Cortisol without adreniline is anxiety, which is much deadlier than fear. [see the physiology of fear, anxiety, pain, thread]
Teaching a skier to move with a bit more subtlety may be one of the ways to conquer fear. Sure worked for me!