Didn't mean to highjack Rick's thread with my questions for discussion but exactly when does a "Carved turn" not become a "Carved turn"?
Is it all about the tracks left behind in the snow or is it a combination of things? Such as the equipment the skier has on their feet. In other words, we all know it's not so easy to carve on skis that are 115 underfoot, but it can be done. I can do it. Not as cleanly or as efficiently as when I'm on 74 underfoot. But, in all reality, when you get them up on edge and let the sidecut work, it's carving.
Should we then take our skis off and hike back up to see if the tracks left behind qualify as pure carving? And is it perceived as "Hacking" by those who watch from the lift as someone is laying down what tracks they can on their fatties because someone is working their ass off trying to get 115's on edge? Certainly, equipment does play a factor.
Certainly, the goal of every skier who really cares about their skiing is to ski all the terrain they happen upon as efficiently and as effortlessly as possible. This involves using the tools on their feet the most effective way with the least resistance possible expending the least amount of energy possible, every run. I would suppose this means perfect carves on every turn, right?
So, is this really the goal? Should this be the only goal?
And for debate, "At what point does a Carve not become a Carve?"
Is it at that moment when the edge breaks loose and starts to loose traction? (skid)
Or somewhere inbetween?