Originally Posted by majortato
It's not about the 'accepted' meaning of carving...it's the fact that the majority of skiers have a hard time even doing the simple tip ski and ride sidecut style skiing. To these untrained eyes, this is just a slower version of dynamic carving. They don't see much of a difference because the skis leave similar looking tracks in the snow.
Better skiers will know though...riding the sidecut is an easy intermediate technique that anyone can learn quickly with the correct instruction. Making dynamically carved turns (not even necessarily railroad track ones) is advanced skiing that takes years to hone and a lifetime to master.
It has everything to do with the meaning, otherwise we can't have this conversation. My point was, as a recreational technique, it's ridiculously easy, and you agree. The only thing I said about dynamic carving is that it's not what most people think of when discussing carving, and that Mosie's post was referring to recreational skiers. For some reason, some posters have pulled the conversation toward dynamic carving.
Perhaps I was too general in my original posts, and others made it clear that there is more than just recreational carving. So, I made it clear that I understand that, but that was not what I was talking about, nor did I think it was what Mogsie was talking about. So why do people keep harping on a long-made point about dynamic carving? My point had nothing to do with dynamic carving, and everything to do with recreational.
Another confusing post. You say that "riding the sidecut is an easy intermediate technique that anyone can learn quickly with the correct instruction", but also "it's the fact that the majority of skiers have a hard time even doing the simple tip ski and ride sidecut style skiing" Which is it? Easy or difficult?
Again, I propose:
Carving - riding the sidecut, as understood by most recreational skiers, and taught in vids such as this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhyk2ZbrOEM
carving - dynamic carving as understood by racers
Everything I said was in relation to the carving style shown in the video, which is clearly "effortless and graceful", and what most skiers understand to be Carving. Everything else is extraneous to this conversation.