I am attempting to move to steeper terrain using the carving skills I have picked up here. At first things were not going well. However, this weekend I think I started to figure a couple of things out, so I wanted to bounce it of the crew here at Epic.
At first, I was trying to get get on the new edge immediately, and flex my inside leg quickly. The thought process was this: tip the skis really quickly and you can make a sharp turn. Well, that plan just sucked. Skidded turns, and losing the outside edge were the results.
Plan B; Patience. Now this was a tough thing to come up with because one would think the opposite is required to control speed. Here is what I did. I think I am doing the edge change early, way before the fall line, but used easy edging pressure (less flexion?) until I got past the fall line. Once I started to cross the fall line I flexed the inside leg aggressively which by chance really straightened the outside leg and gave me great edging and a very strong turn. I released the edges a bit when I got perpendicular to fall line and then started the patience game again. Oh, one more thing; tons of forward driving pressure. Hard to explain it other than it was tiring. Driving my knees forward very aggressively for some reason allowed me to get much better edge angles earlier than usual. Can't explain why though. Lesson here? When you think you are finally driving your knees/body forward enough, drive it further. Holy cow.
Am I on the right track? I will try to get vid next week. One last thing....we are not talking hero snow. I'm talking the good scratchy stuff with some bits of ice to keep you on your toes.
BTW, did ever tell you guys SL skis rock? Ya, SL skis rock.