I took a lesson the other day. The instructor focused my attention on 2 things. Skiing on the edge of my skis and disconnecting my upper and lower body, not literally, in a skiing sense. The upper/lower body thing was easy, no issue there. The edge thing took a bit more work.
My turns up to this point were all skidded, and I knew that. I had played around with carving on my own, but pretty much knew I needed help. So, I found some. It was actually a group lesson and I happened to be the only one in the group. It was really a blustery day. I think the weather scared some people off and it was a weekday as well.
The instructor got me to ski on my edges and I now know what all the hype is about... When it worked well for me, it was addictive. I kept going back for more. I felt a fluidness (edge to edge) that I'd never felt before. It was definitely cool!!! After I dropped the instructor and near the end of the day, I kept telling myself 1 more run and probably made an additional 7 or 8 runs. I finally had to stop as I was getting a little worn down.
I wasn't necessarily trying to ski fast, it just happened. It dawned on me as I started to pass more people and I was passed by fewer and fewer people.
Here's my question... On green runs I felt as though I actually was skiing like a pro. I know I wasn't but the feeling was amazing. I was actually skiing fast and enjoying the hell out of it. I want to say that when on edge I was feeling the irregularities of the snow less. It was a much smoother ride, no doubt. On the blues it was better as well. The one cool thing that I noticed was the acceleration in the direction of my skis near the end of the turn. It wasn't pointed out to me beforehand, but it was noticeable. So, I'm not sure if I was making my turns correctly or not??? I never really noticed the acceleration on the greens... seemed like my speed remained pretty constant. If I do feel that acceleration, is that a result of getting on my edges incorrectly? Too soon or too late???
The instructor pointed out at the end of the lesson that whatever I was doing with my edges, keep doing it. She felt the edge angle (if that's what you call it) was just right. I'm pretty sure she meant after I was fully engaged on edge.
With my newfound skill and enough confidence for 3 or 4 skiers, I decided to hit a black run. I ate a piece of humble pie on that one! The steepness didn't necessarily bother me, it was the snow that had turned into small moguls (whatever that's called) that completely threw me. I made it down in one piece, but didn't go back for any more. I'll stick to blues for now thank you... unless it's a smooth black. I don't know how you guys do it. You have my utmost respect.