I took up skiing in the past 4 years. Mostly self-taught, but learned proper carving turns from an instructor.
So, not sure if this makes sense, but I really only know how to carve. I am more comfortable with my skies a little further apart and performing carving turns, feels more stable. That is really all I know...I don't know how to make proper executed parallel turns. Which seems to hinder my enjoyment of various parts of a resort because the movement lends itself seemingly to only limited specific terrain.
Now a few of my good friends are excellent skiiers, they are my age eh-hem...40s let's say, and they grew up only knowing parallel turns, they don't know how to carve, the opposite of me. They will never execute a carving turn, not that I have ever seen. And, that gets them all over the mountain, from intermediate runs, to blacks, to moguls etc...they can handle it all with ease using a parallel turn movement. Whereas I can't do squat with carving it seems when the terrain gets tricky etc...
I really admire a well executed parallel turn. I love trailing behind these guys doing their quick transitions compared to my larger turning radius of a carving turn as we progress down the slopes...I envy that part of our days together!!!
So, my question like the title suggest, how can I work to get myself to focus on parallel turning and try to master that?
I've gone through enough threads here that focus on how to execute the parallel turns. Those threads seemingly focus on transitioning from wedges etc...they don't seem to focus and lend themselves to somebody that knows how to carve??? Maybe I am wrong and it still applies and I need to go through more threads and discussion and work on some of the tips.
Is there some way for me to understand how I can transition from carving to parallel that would be easier to understand?!?!
Some of you might think, how can you carve and not know parallel turns? Good question...wish I knew. Guess the same way that some people have no idea how to carve and only parallel??
Any flames, comments, tips for things to work on and suggestions...all welcomed.