Hi Denny--welcome to EpicSki! Sorry your post hasn't gotten more attention. It may be that most of EpicSki's top instructors are getting pretty busy, especially through the Presidents' Weekend holidays and this busy week that follows it. Your desire to carve better is certainly a worthy topic.
I'm currently a Junior in College who has been spending the last 5 months studying abroad in the French Alps (Savoie specifically).
I believe that the politically correct term would be "belle jeune fille," not "broad." But I envy you either way!
When I ski I am able to control my speed, but I feel that I am hockey stopping down the mountain instead of carving it.
In this statement is very likely the main root of any problems you may be having with carving. Realize that carving (and good turns on skis in general) are offensive, not defensive--intended for controlling direction and line efficiently and fast. Consider that they have absolutely nothing to do with controlling speed. They are FAST--and will get even faster when you get better at them.
It sounds like you like skiing fast, which is good. But no matter who you are, or how fast you are comfortable skiing, when you get to a speed (aka state of mind) that feels "fast"--with the accompanying adrenaline rush and excitement and all that--when you reach your speed threshold at which you start thinking about "controlling speed"--you become defensive, pretty much by definition. Defensive intent--the desire to control speed--is the enemy of carved turns.
To make carved turns--or to make good, offensive ski turns in general--you must want to go FASTER, all the time, focusing purely on controlling your direction of travel, not your speed. And that's the key, of course: your direction will control your speed for you, if you use good tactics. I've written a lot here at EpicSki about the expert's way of thinking--skiing a "slow line fast"--and it is critically important if you want to learn to carve. The "hockey stops" you've described are typical of the 99% of all skiers who think of turns as a way to slow down, so you are not alone. That thought ("paradigm") dictates that your technique causes--requires, even--your skis to skid sideways and literally scrub off speed. Great skiers control their speed with tactics, not technique. With technique, they control only their direction (at least when they can; braking, of course, is a critical skill too, but it is a bad habit, and it is a habit completely at odds with the desire to carve better turns).
The desire to go as fast as you can on whatever line you choose to ski is the essential pre-requisite to success with any of the technical coaching tips you'll get here, or from the videos and other sources others have pointed you toward above. Paradoxically, perhaps, you must want to go faster
even when you don't want to go fast
. Even stopping can be offensive--you go as fast as you can, UPHILL. Every time you start a new carved turn, releasing your grip on the mountain and guiding your ski tips down the hill without the brakes on, you're going to gain speed
. Obviously, to do that, you have to want
to gain speed. (A little hint: the only speed--state of mind--where you want to gain speed is..."too slow"; you must literally be going "too slow"--whatever speed that means at any moment--if you want to carve better turns.) Again, thinking of turns as a technique of slowing down is incompatible with good turns!
Something to think about....
Have fun aboard, er, abroad.