In another thread about the merits and downfalls of using more flexible skis (specifically, I was interested in the potential these skis have to bend into a tighter arc at lower speeds), many posters mentioned that precision and finesse in turn transitions is required to get the most out more flexibile designs. Low speed carving came up, and this piqued my attention.
beyond mentioned the following:
Makes sense. This is exactly what I am after.
This reminded beyond of:
So, my primary questions are: What does this drill consist of, and generally, how do you change your technique to achieve a nice, tight arc at very low speeds? If you're doing it right, how much would having a flexible ski make a difference?
I have an acquaintance who can carve the most graceful, tight arcs, even on a dreary, slow catwalk. He isn't on skis with wicked sidecuts. I have always been jealous of this. I try to follow his tracks while avoiding much skid, but I can't seem to get my skis to bend into the flexed shape that would permit such a turn at such low speeds.
Aside from that, I'm currently on relatively stiff and heavy skis (Atomic Nomad Savage Ti and Head Monster im85), but sometimes these can feel leaden on a more relaxed day with family and such. It would be fun to use some more "playful" skis on days when I'm fooling around at lower speeds.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts, respected EpicSki gurus. :)
Edited by LiveJazz - 11/30/11 at 3:40pm