BOB I really like the visual assistance, unfortunatly you can't process the information fast enough when skiing or we could just carry the diagrams with us and check body position vs point of turn in referance to the "map"
I find this question real interesting all in it's own , can a developing skier tell when as VSP pointed out when he has felt the "feeling" of the skies passing across your body with no effort and into the next turn?
I only ask this, and VSP or you can take a stab at it ( I know its off the thread a bit but u2 have me thinking) At what point is a skier truely aware of that feeling for the first time, just the mention of the feeling might have strong up and commers thinking " was that the feeling:" ?
I'm going to comment on this, as Bob Barnes spent several ESA's beating into my head the concept of letting your feet pass under your body. So I guess I'm a reasonably good candidate for an average skier who semi-recently learned this.
For a while, letting my feet "go ahead" was something that I actively did; i.e., I would give my feet a little "push" to get "out there". As I've evolved that move, it's become more of a "relaxation of the legs" type of thing. To me, it's now more a matter of letting the momentum of my skis carry through the transition. The only thing I feel anymore is a brief push of my boots into the back of my legs, or at least a loss-of-contact with the boot tongues. It's not a lingering push, as I'm also busy crossing over/under... i.e., getting forwards (meaning downhill) of my skis.
Somewhere I have a video of me where halfway through a run I suddenly "got it" and my feet "started going ahead". It's visually obvious when somebody starts doing it, as the turns start coming alive. There's no "hitch" as one turn ends and the next turn begins (or at least less of a "hitch"). I can try to find it if somebody wants to see it.
Basically, when I'm skiing like crap, I start paying attention to getting that little push of my boots hitting the back of my legs. (Note that courtesy of my Booster Straps, my boot cuffs are pretty tight, so it's not much of a move, but it's definitely there). Usually I find (when I'm skiing badly) that I've lost that sensation, and a little focus there brings everything back.
Bob is probably cringing at something I just wrote... But there you have it. That's how I, Joe Average Skier, interpret all this.