Folks have asked me what I was working on last season at a certain instructor training camp. Here's one small thing I was working on (the lower part of the message, not the top ;) )...
A common ambition for new skiers is to be able to carve. Eventually many skiers reach that point, being able to carve consistent arcs like this on greens:
As skiers learn to make a good transition, they remove the traverse to attain something like this:
Bravo! And from that point they can sustain carves on green runs or the local feeder hill without issue.
...But then the skier winds up at an icy blue or a black on a big mountain - suddenly those nice loopy turns start generating too much speed - and there's just not enough sidecut to allow a shorter radius turn. So the skiers end up defaulting to turns like this:
Simple: Feather the top of the turn!
Well, that's my tactical approach to moving towards advanced/expert carving. Thinking this tactical approach (the bottom two boxes) may be something I apply with skiers during my teach exam next year. Thoughts?
**edited with improved illustrations.**
Edited by Metaphor_ - 9/2/16 at 3:25pm