My Posts from another thread on this subject!
CHATTER - When the skis repeatedly lose and regain grip on the snow in a rapid, pulsating fashion and feel as though they are skipping sideways across the snow. Typically experienced when attempting to carve on very hard snow, ice or uneven surfaces.
Chatter can have various causes including: engaging the skis too harshly at the start of the turn, not applying pressure in a PROGRESSSIVE manner during the turn, trying to jam the edge into the snow/ice after a ski has already started to slide, and the presence of some Steering in the attempted carve.
The key is to get the tips to hook up first. So, I will pose the question and maybe this will help you figure it out!
How would YOU make the tips start to carve.
The best way I can describe it is with the hand motions the coach made.
Maybe this will help!
Left turn predominantly right footed!
Place your hands together off to your right and tilt them at about a 45 degree angle to the left and then lower your finger tips of both hands together and slightly to the right! (This is akin to pressuring the tips)
The wrong way would be to do the above with your hands but press both of your entire hand straight down (this is akin to pressing on the center of the ski)
This is what made it click for me when he was explaining/showing it to me. To some extenet it is almost a mindset more than an actual action
The key is still pressing your tips away from the turn direction. Again this pressures the tips and causes the tip to hook up and the ski to bend.
No bendy in ski = lotsa chatter!
Some slopes ARE too steep and hard (snow) to carve the top of the turn cleanly! This is where you employ an intentional smooth drift at the top of the turn (redirection) and then carve the bottom back across the hill!
Edited by Atomicman - 3/3/14 at 7:49pm