Thanks for the MA guys, much appreciated and very insightful too.
Looks like a really basic thing I need to be working on is upper/lower body separation, any other specific drills to help me work on this?
In terms of carving, this is something I have tried on very easy slopes and I can achieve the sharp tracks in the snow that I'm looking for (although i'm sure there are many things that need correcting about the way i'm achieving these sharp tracks!).
The problem is that when I do it I find that I pick up far too much speed even on relatively shallow terrain. Because I find it very difficult to control the speed it puts me off really working hard on this skill. I have no problem pushing myself and falling but i'd prefer not to fall going mach schnell which I seem to quickly get to when trying this!
I have a feeling this may be linked in to the upper/lower body separation thing, maybe if I could get my skis carving more across the slope it would help me keep the speed down to something I find manageable (I think when I try and carve I don't finish the turns properly which is probably why I pick up so much speed)? Does any of this sound likely/make sense? I'll try and get a video of me attempting to carve at some point as this would be much more useful than me trying to describe it!
As for what i'm looking to achieve in my skiing, I want to look like i'm good! Seriously though there's nothing better than watching a great skier coming down the slope, poetry in motion. That's all I want to achieve, poetry in motion, not too much to ask is it!!?
I would also like to be able to ski anything on the mountain, including bumps (you are exactly right therusty, i do struggle when it comes to bumps and powder, although i'm trying and have also started enjoying trying it which I didn't before so I must be going in the right direction at least!).
Thanks again for the help guys, I see you all on here spending time helping people with their skiing and it is much appreciated, great advice and insights!
Hopefully going to Baker on Friday so will put in some practice on all of these things then - can't wait!