Timing, rhythm, pace, feel, calmness. I'm still paying attention to a handfull of things like where the pressure is, where I'm facing, where I'm looking, how much leg tension is being used, how much force I'm applying. Some days I don't get much of those right and still ski okay, other days I get a lot of it right and don't ski all that well.
One tournament last year I was watching this guy run 35 and he took a hit at 1, after that he was as quiet, still and slow and kept a beautiful rhythm for the pass until he killed 5 and stopped the ski. That image of him being really slow moving stuck with me that tournament. When my round came up, I was determined to ski mine that way. I moved as slow off and on the handle as I could and proceeded to run my best 35 of the year that round only to be told I missed my gate. It didn't matter, I was really happy with that pass (except the gate part).
I have been trying to work on this at various times for a year. Some days with great success, other days not so much. Now that I have moved my boots back, my ski carries speed better and doesn't bite so much at the turn finish. This has allowed me to be more patient at the finish of the turn, which has allowed me to run more 35s in the last few weeks than I have in a long time. I still have a lot of room for improvement, but I'm encouraged even with our hot water. Yesterday's set was 22,28,32,35,35 (5), 35 (2.5), 35, 35, 38 (3)