In another thread, a discussion broke out about how the definition of carving is currently in the process being corrupted. Its historic definition here in the US referred to a ski turn which involved no skidding. The tails of the skis precisely follow in the track cut by the tips, and a thin line is left in the snow. Today, some are promoting the idea that some intentional skid is permissible.
This modification of the definition of carving makes communication more difficult. Now, when someone talks about carving, we don't know if they're referring to the classic idea of clean arcing, or they're actually talking about a turn with some skid in it.
In response, new qualifier terms are popping up to communicate that people are actually talking about carving in the traditional sense. One of those is "Edge Locked Carving". Seems like a good one. It's pretty descriptive. My only issue with it is that by using the "Edge Locked" qualifier it seems to legitimize the idea that different forms of carving do in fact exist. I don't want to legitimize that concept, because I don't think this new broadened definition of carving is a healthy development.
As such, I'm searching for a new term or expression to use when confusion breaks out during discussions, to help identify and separate classic carving from it's other recently adulterated forms . The term can't have the word "carving" in it at all, because that only endorses the new idea that there is more than one form of carving.
The term "riding the sidecut" has been used, but that doesn't really cut it. The sidecut of a ski only produces one shape turn: the maximum radius the ski can produce. Quality carving provides for a spectrum of possible turn shapes. Exploiting that spectrum involves tipping the ski higher on edge and bending the ski more, beyond the shape of it's sidecut. The more you bend the ski, the sharper a turn you carve. As such, I'm kind of liking the expression "RIDING THE BEND". It would describe carving at a high skill level. No matter how high you tipped your skis on edge, and how sharply you carved your turns, you'd still be "riding the bend".
The following drawing provides a graphic portrayal of how carving makes a spectrum of turn shapes available to skiers. Each of the infinite number of possible turn shapes within that spectrum involves "riding the bend".
What do you think? Do you like it? Any other suggestions? Let's talk it over, perhaps come up with other expressions/terms that might work better, and simultaneously get the message out that this new idea of broadening the definition of carving to include intentional skid is crapola.