Originally Posted by kbat11700
I guess I just want to carve, not get a new ski for it. A friend of mine used his Rossignol Soul 7's to chase some fluffy stuff with me and then later put down some very nice looking carves. No sliding, exactly the shape he wanted, and with deep gouges left in the snow behind him. That being said, he has been skiing for 20 years and was a racer in college.
I don't need to be the best, I just want to improve with what I have. I have a single pair of all mountain skis and I want to be able to carve, ski powder, and get big air. At the moment, that's all I want/need out of skiing. Not a quiver of 17 for every purpose out there. The most I can see my self with ever is 3-4. I know I will be able to achieve what I want with this size as I have spent so much time studying others with their "all mountain" skis and doing fine.
Your friend who's been skiing for 20 years didn't learn to carve on a Soul 7 - he learned on a skinny ski. Your gear's completely adequate for carving, but not "easy" to learn on. I know you don't want to hear that, but that's life. Because of the wider waist of your ski (compared to a slalom ski), it takes more movement of your leg and ankle to put the skis on edge, along with better balancing skills to stay balanced. If you have a lot of time on your hands, I'm sure you can eventually learn to carve on your ski. That said, a slalom ski will certainly help you carve sooner and reward your good movements. Maybe your ex-racer friend has a pair of slalom skis in an appropriate size he can lend you for a few days until you get the carving feeling. (Beware though - you'll probably be hooked and won't want to give them back!)
Everyone's also making the assumption that your boots fit like a glove. If you have slop in the boots, it'll take way more tipping movement to get on edge and it'll be very hard to learn to carve.
Everyone's also assuming you're going to back to the green runs to learn to carve.
I've avoided giving any technique advice. We don't know how you're skiing, and we don't really know how you're interpreting the words people are using. Text discussions are a bad medium for teaching something brand new (and until you're carving 80% of the time, it's new to you). Your best, fastest path to carving, assuming you have the right gear, is to pay for lessons with someone who knows how to carve (preferably with an instructor who's race coach certified). Your next best path is to post videos here. Failing all of that, I second SkiMangoJazz's recommendation to work through the Essentials of Skiing or Anyone Can Be an Expert Skier 1 while on snow. These books are probably the best illustrated/written resources on learning to carve. You can get them cheaply through secondhand bookstores.
Hockey players and figure skaters can pick up carving with a few quick tips. Most people spend years learning to carve well. With coaching and diligent practice, you'll be carving on a green within a few lessons. Good luck!