Originally Posted by KevinF
- To me, "edging" is anything that you can do to get your skis' edges into the snow. There are a lot of ways to get your ski's edges into the snow; some are better / more efficient then others.
- "edgeable snow" is snow that your skis can grip. The better you are at skiing, the more types of snow you'll find to be edgeable. Most skiers find ice to be unedgeable, soft snow is very edgeable.
- "tilting". I haven't heard this one before... Can you provide the context in which you heard it? I can think of various things "tilting" could mean, but I'd rather not guess.
I like the notion of this thread and the questions/answers so far. I am coming at your comment from the perspective of a skier who came to it late, skied 3 - 6 days a year for half the years (the beginning ones) I've skied, and have never put skis to snow more than 21 days in a season (that's my record). Oh, and I'm not young except to people who say stuff like "Sixty is the new fifty". That said, I have some small additions/contributions to make to your excellent comments that may (or may not) be more "beginerish". I am open to criticism.
- edging is anything that allows me to make my edges useful when trying to control my skiing. I would sincerely enjoy a discussion of methods more and less efficient. I once took a lesson on ice that rivaled any hockey rink (it was in Maine). The woman giving me the lesson could turn silently on such ice. Nothing she could tell me or demonstrate could lead me to do anything more than kinda sorta manage to skid and slide (deafening) turns. She was efficient, I wasn't. Ten days ago I was skiing in Breckenridge on Bonanza (a popular green trail off the Mercury lift) and heard a growing clatter behind me, glanced over my shoulder to see a yard sale forming immediately behind me, and slammed my left ski into the snow to hockey stop right. As it allowed the yard sale to develop without me, my idea of very efficient ;). Two days before that I was in Vail, ending the day on pretty worn out legs (first ski trip of the season), nearing the bottom of whatever trail leading down to Lionshead, when I spotted one of my gang tucked in behind a yellow net. Well... no problem... push to right inside edge, swoop left, hockey stop next to buddy. Nope! No edging that turned useful and I wound up down. Dang! Some day I will have zero of those in a ski season.
- edgeable snow is any snow with which you can make your edges useful to control your skiing. This changes (thank goodness) for the positive as you gain some skill and experience. A big trick for beginners is trying to get enough experience and confidence to recognize snow on which YOU can edge under the conditions that exist. Back in Breck, for those familiar, when one exits the Mercury lift to skiers right, then stays left, one rides along a relatively gentle area along some fence line to get to the trails. But Breck is notoriously windy so under some conditions (early season, not great coverage for example), the snow is stripped off the surface by wind (making visibility a serious challenge for old farts) leaving ice as the surface. If one is familiar with this one can just ride one's skis flat until one reaches better snow since edging requires more effort than it might be worth (depending, of course, on skill).
- re "tilting". This may be what I learned as "rolling". The feel is somewhat like rolling onto my ankles but, of course, ski boots don't allow that. So it really is sorta rolling ones knees to gently put the skis on edge. Just a thought.