Now I think I understand what you mean by striving to have the apex above the fall line.
On the other hand I can't understand why it would be something to strive for outside the race course.
For me, moving the apex you are talking about to the early part of the turn is quite similar to "taking height" in a course.
Taking height is done to be able to straghtline across the gate and is beneficial because you get more time to line up for the next gate. It's also beneficial because the skis are pressured less after the fall line, and edge pressure after the fall line costs speed.
However going high is a longer way to travel which means that it is slower if the shorter line could be taken for a series of gates without problem.
When freecarving I see no reason whatsoever doing commas. Keeping the pressure through the turn feels nice and there's no use to force a certain path other than what feels natural.
Did you watch vetenskapens värld on tv2 this week about the olympic athletes? It was about Svindal and DH skiing. It's avaliable on svtplay. They overlay 2 riders there and they fail to mention it but it's rather obvious that Svindal is taking height before the steeper parts to accelerate better with flatter and calmer skis pass the gate. Still a nice and interesting show. :)Edited by Carl R - 2/5/10 at 9:49am