We've discussed this a bit in the past, but reading some of the carving discussions tells me that we need an update.
We all know (well most of us anyway) how to carve a nice gs or sl turn on the hardpack, and how the sidecut interacts with a hard surface and the angle the ski is tipped to to make a beautiful turn. Some of us have even spent decades trying to perfect that turn to get almost no skidding, no spray, maximum speed, smoothness, etc.
There has been lots of talk on how folks these days are picking up carving right off the bat and going from beginner to arc-2-arc skier in almost no time and not acquiring the proper sideway skiing skills.
There's a lot of video showing folks doing pivoty slarvy turns off-piste, but very few videos of people skiing in deeper snow skiing forwards instead of sideways. It's not because it can't be done, as I'm sure all the old-timers know.
The idea behind platforming, is it is like carving, only instead of carving and shaping a groove in the hard surface for your edge to run in, you "carve" a platform for your base to run on.
So let's have it. What are your tips to help all the new school arc-2-arc skiers to carve out their platforms and enjoy the back side of the mountain skiing in the proper direction (not sideways).
Tip # 1. Tip too much for the speed your going and your skis will slice straight down.
Tip # 2. If its really deep, you will have to keep both skis pressured much more evenly.
Tip # 3. Going too slow is harder.
Edit: an other one.
Tip # 4 An unweighted ski is not a curved ski (unless it's rockered), the more pressure on the ski the more it is curved, so unweighting it in deep snow at transition straightens out the ski and smooths out the transition as you change the turn and tipping direction. By adjusting weight and tipping angle you control the curved shape of the ski and the direction that shape is pointing in.