It's been a dry season in California so I've been practicing carving on ice.
The turn dynamic I've been using is:
1st quarter: early "inversion" edge engagement on uphill ski using hip countering and slight leg extension into diagonal movement across the ski. No up weighting, minimal pivot.
2nd quarter: build pressure on new outside edge, attempt smooth 80/20 pressure redistribution onto new inside ski.
3rd quarter: attempt to hold carve (remember this is ice) via 80/20. I can't seem to get anything close to 60/40 distribution. Elongation of turn radius into "comma" shape.
4th quarter: shift weight back forward, prepare for inversion engagement.
The problem :
Edges are engaging OK through 2nd quarter with almost no skidding. But even with radius elongation and some inner ski weight redistribution, they start slipping in the 3rd quarter.
I'm riding on new head magnum supershapes. Possible culprits are:
1. Technique. Maybe I need more angulation? More inclination feels a bit dangerous given the lack of traction on ice.
2. Edges. I haven't sent the edges in for bevel tune yet and based on eyeballing they look more like a 0/1-deg bevel than a 0.7/3 I would feel more comfortable with.
3. Turn model. I've built this approach based on reading the epicski forums and finding a style I feel comfortable with (5'8", 150lbs, 13.5m radius cambered skis). I'm not sure it represents the right modern approach.
Besides finding a good coach (they're hard to come by in South lake tahoe), do you guys have any ideas for how I might figure out how to hold the edge through phase 3 and 4?
Fwiw I found the following background threads pretty helpful reading along the way: