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Carving on steeper slopes

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I was wondering if someone could comment on carving on steeper slopes.  I am east coast skier so the powder days are few and far between.  We are all taught to stay out of the back seat and maintain pressure on the front of the boots which is not a problem for me.  I also can roll my ankles to initiate turns, letting the sidecut of the ski essentially turn the ski.  On moderate grade slopes there is no skidding of the tails and it looks like evenly spaced railroad tracks behind me.  Now if you take this same type of skiing to a steeper terrain, you end going warp 9 in no time.  I am skiing on 165 slalom skis.  My question is - should you be off your edges and sliding turns on steep terrain or is this a result of not being able to stay forward in steep terrain?  I have skied with some people who can rip perfect turns without getting fast on steep hills.  One of them was on the 1980 US Olympic team so maybe that explains it!!  Thanks for any comments. 

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When you carve on a steep hill the trick is to use skis with short turn radius and finish your turns properly across the hill. If you still are too fast then hit the brakes with brushed turns. Nothing wrong with that. The Olympic skier was probably skiing much faster than you taught.  

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In short, carving is just one of several advanced ways of skiing. The level of mastery of this technique and the breath of application depends on one's skills of course, fitness and terrains. People often think it's the only way of skiing anytime anywhere to be an expert skier...not true.

Having said that, yeah, if you're an accomplished skier, you could carve down -- with a bit of skidding -- most black diamond runs except the ones that are borderline double black, at least with fresh legs in the morning.
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