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Um, not defensive or anything, but there were some observations in the recent "are modern short skis too easy to ski" thread ( that got me thinking. As a Mr. 40-something skier who loves to go fast on shorty slaloms but is fairly new to this (only 4 years on skis), how can I be sure I'm getting it right? Well, the short answer is, I'm having fun, so who cares. But the longer answer / real question, is how to advance in the way of performance and control in carving?

I'm comfortable at (perceived) high speed on my shorties -- 156 cm Volkl p50 -- in any condition except deep stuff; can do short or long turns; like to play on slalom courses and easily stay on course; get silver medals in Nastar; love steeps (but ski mostly flat stuff due to location and time constraints). I have a pretty wide stance though, never skied straight skis and never bothered trying ankles-together.

The thing I'm not sure about, as I read the "too easy" thread, is if I'm carving in a way that INCREASES speed through each turn. Controlled, yes, but more power from the skis themselves? No. Not in a turbo-kicking-in, dropping-off-the-headwall sort of a way. Maybe a gradual acceleration, like ice skating backwards (but not like really digging in one skate at a time going forward).

So, what am I looking for in a next step to work on carving? What exercises on my own? What should I be asking an instructor in lessons?

As an aside, what I noticed moving from a longer ski (Dynastar Speed SX 170's) to the Volkls at 156 was for the first day or two I'd slip too easily into backseat or have other balance issues. Even more so than going from the 170's to 94-cm ski-blades (Head Liners). BUT the Volkls were so lively, it was much easier to recover. In other words, they take more input, but give more feedback.

Thanks for any thoughts on this.