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How to carve ?

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Hi guys,


I am a lower-intermediate skiier. I can ski on blue hills quite decently. However, I feel very insecure due to my inability of carving. Therefore, I really want to learn how to carve. I get the idea of carving is to utilize the skis' edges and rolling both knees. However, when I tried it last night, it did not work at all. I cannot roll both of my knee without losing my balance and falling. What is the trick here ? And how do I learn carving ?


Also, on a side note, is it a bad idea to purchase my first pair of boots online ? How about skis ? I am looking at Rossignol 74 Carbon. Do you guys think this is a good pair for my level ?


Thank you

post #2 of 7
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Any suggestion or comment ?

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Forget about the knees.  Just think about tipping your skis.   Go to a very gentle slope and start out skiing straight down.  Tip just a bit, and balance.   You will notice that, like riding a bicycle, you have to adjust your position for the tightness of the turn.  Tip a little more and move to where you are balanced.  Practice, practice, practice. 


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Any other suggestion ?

post #5 of 7

when caving its all about edge controll. I think about have all my wieght on my down hill ski, don't be a frade of speed and take nice big turns. An easy way to control your speed is at the end up each turn, turn slightly up hill. Hope this helps

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I definitely don't recommend buying boots online.  Buying skis online is okay, but boots should be bought at a store.  They will typically have similar prices as online shops, and you will be able to try them on and have someone there help you.  Different boot manufacturers design the shells (and liners, for that matter) differently.  Where one might be tighter on the sides, one might be tighter in the toes, and one might be just right.  This really is impossible to know without trying them on.  Additionally, many shops guarantee the boot fit if you buy it from them and follow their advice.  This means that if you aren't comfortable, bring it back to them and they can make the proper adjustments.  If you buy the boot online and then take it to a fitter, they may charge you each visit.  I can't stress enough how important it is to try on boots before you buy them.

post #7 of 7

DO NOT buy boots online.  To get the most out of skiing you need to get your boots from a boot fitter.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and check to see what boot fitter might be close to you.  If there isn't one listed, ask for a recommendation in that forum.  If your boots don't fit correctly you will not be able to control your skis properly.  Over many years I wasted a lot of money on "hot" skis and couldn't figure out why I never really got better.  When I finally invested in a pair of boots that actually fit my foot, I was amazed at how much my skiing improved the first day out in them.  Boots are the most important piece of ski gear you will buy, so do it right.


Since you don't own boots you must be renting and that is probably why you're having trouble learning to carve.  What Ghost and kirkg8 said are correct, especially the part about needing some speed.  You can't carve at very low speed.  What you should do is sign up for a lesson and specify that you want a lesson on carving.  The ski school should be able to accommodate you.

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