A fun adult beverage fueled discussion is worthy of outside comment. An instructor buddy of mine was saying that the ski must bend to carve a turn. The more the ski bends, the tighter the carved radius. I disagreed. He showed me a picture of Bode Miller's skis bent to a significant arc to prove that the skis do bend. OK but when I carve the same turn (at a much slower speed) my skis are not visibly bent. If the bend of the ski determines the turn, how can my minimally bent skis carve the same line as Bode's C shaped skis?
Bob Barnes' Psiman ski toy has rigid skis but carves quite nicely. (sorry, it's late and I can't seem to figure out how to post the clip of the Psiman toy).
I contend that it is edge pressure not ski bend that makes a ski carve.
PS I hope it starts snowing so I can quit carving and start rocking the powder and bumps.