Now on skis I'm told to move my hips forward (or pull my feet back). If I start with my quads parallel to the ground my butt is sticking out well to the back and I lean forward at the waist for balance. As I straighten my legs my butt moves up and forward. I need to lean forward less at the waist. This is true with or without skis. If I straighten my legs my hips and shoulders are now squarely over my feet but I can't ski. As my legs straighten I have less ability to adapt to uneven terrain (balance) or cushion my ride over rough terrain (comfort).
If my weight is balanced somewhere a little behind the balls of my feet, what does it hurt if my knees are flexed and my upper body and hips are counterbalanced?
Last week I tried skiing with legs straighter, hips more forward and a more erect stance and all I did was chatter my way down anything but the smoothest groomed blue slopes. I found anything of a 3D nature jarring and almost impossible to ski with any sense of balance or connection. My skiing companions were all running off and leaving me while I chattered from one rut to the next hard mogul etc.
Since moving the hips forward is a frequent suggestion for improved skiing there is obviously something I'm missing. What might I be doing wrong? What should feel different as I move from an athletic stance to this hips forward/feet back stance?
Thanks in advance,