Originally Posted by eleeski
The pretty pictures of bent skis in this thread does not prove that the ski bend causes the carved turn. Perhaps for a racer matching the bend to the speed and needed turn radius for the next gate will result in the least friction and a faster time. But for me who just wants to feel the security of an edge engaged carve, any scrubbing associated with the ski shape not matching the actual arc is not noticeable. Maybe my carve technique can advance to where I race fast enough to notice the difference. Still I doubt I'd feel it - maybe see it in my times.
i'm really not sure why i'm taking the time to write this since it kind of seems useless at this point, but oh well.
ok. first of all, with shaped skis, it's literally impossible to engage the entire edge (on flat snow, at least) without bending the ski. that's how they work. unless they're already bent (i.e. rockered), of course, but that's effectively the same thing. but since i'm sure you know that, let's talk about a straight ski...
if you're on a straight ski, your entire edge is engaged, and the ski is NOT bent, you are not turning, you might be "carving" in the sense that the edge is carving a line in the snow, but i guarantee you that line will be dead straight. i'm not sure how you could expect it not to be.
if you want the ski to turn WITHOUT skidding, the edge has to bend into an arc that matches the turn you want to make. it just has to...that's how carving works.
if you're still confused, i have an idea. next time you get in the car to go skiing, try to make it from your house to the mountain without turning your steering wheel. report back on how that goes. (NOTE: please don't actually do this)