From another thread I posted this which is relevant. I always teach that we ski with our feet.
The analogy I use when teaching is holding a pen (or pencil.) Where do we hold it to write? Near the tip. I take my ski pole and mimic writing with it. It's very hard to write holding a pen in the middle or up near the top. The best control comes from near the tip. Where the rubber meets the road so to speak. From the feet.
I agree, but in order to have control over a body part you need to have awareness/feel/proprioception of that body part first.Actually, moving the feet is considerably different from feeling the feet.
Ski boots change everything from what we pedestrians do barefoot or in shoes.
This one is the root of a lot of misplaced big movements.. for every action, there's a reaction. Pointing is twisting...usually the body against what the feet are doing. Focus on tipping and the reaction is the ski against the snow. The latter is the root of effective movement. The former not so much.Beginner through whatever:
"Point your toes where you wants to goes"
More need not be said,
Actually, pointing and tipping are both effective movements/teaching strategies and both are used in high level skiing. Notice the word 'twist' was yours, I never use that word as it leads to negative outcomes such as heal pushing and upper body misalignment. In thirty plus years of teaching I have never experienced the negative outcomes that so many people were sure would arise from teaching 'point your toes'.
The more advanced idea is "point right right go right, point left left go left. When BB came up with "Right tip right go right, left tip left go left.' I pointed out that there was a double meaning there. Tip could refer to an edging of the ski or it could refer to the front end of the ski. If I tip the ski on edge I will go that way and if I guide the tip of the ski in one direction I will go that way.
One more point. both tipping and pointing are driven by rotation of the femur in the hip socket. It is very difficult if not impossible to separate the two actions.