Thank you, everyone!
I really appreciate that you guys are not only giving me advice but also explaining the reasoning behind the advice. Obviously the best way to learn is get out there with an instructor, but, between riding days, I like to think about the mechanics and do visualization. (Actually, I'm terrible at physics — BUT they way all of you have broken down the information into digestible, easy-to-understand details is tremendously helpful.)
Oh, the thing about rolling the lead knee back towards the tail on toeside turns…I discovered that by sheer experimenting last time! Last season, I kept driving my lead knee forward for both heelside AND toeside entry. As you guys could probably guess, my toeside turn felt more like a sideslip with a dramatic drop in speed, kicking up a lot of snow. This year, I tried pulling my lead knee instead, and volia! — suddenly my toeside turn finished more smoothly and felt more "rounded."
Small accomplishments. So much fun at this newbie stage
My goals for next time:
1. make sure I'm not initiating a turn with my shoulder
2. more emphasis on ankle/knee flexion as the primary force for driving
3. don't obsess over the hip thing, but make sure it's not the dominating force over other actions
3. consider fore-aft movements (something I have not tried before!)
4. hump and dump! (I always forget to do the hump part)
5. try to get a video up of my epic faceplants for the amusement of strangers — I mean, "my fantastic progression in snowboarding for movement analysis"
I will report back if anything interesting comes up. I promise to start it off with an even more suggestive thread title