I am now convinced, after reading more here, actively watching skiers this weekend, and listening to folks discuss the demo skis that they had been on, that most people really don't have a clue whether they are carving or not. They don't know where they are balancing on their skis (fore/aft or laterally). They don't even know whether they are flexed or straight.
It's been a revelation! Perhaps it's no wonder people don't take lessons; they don't realize how much better they could get! They see themselves in the top skiers on the mountain who they watch zip past or under the chair. "Yeah, man, that's what I'm doing, and that's carving!" Nope. Not for most folks.
I suspect that this is one reason that folks don't knock each other out of the way to get into the ESA
. They really don't understand the difference that world-class coaching can make in their skiing in terms of both ability and energy use.
For example, this year, on day one of my season, Weems made one direct coaching recommendation (after asking me if I was interested in a little coaching) and one very oblique, indirect comment. I credit my focus on those two items for my performance this past weekend
BTW, I have no way of knowing how I was really skiing from my own pespective, since there was no video taken (I felt a number of turns when I was not really locked-on), and that reinforces my need for solid coaching.
In short: don't be so sure that you know what you're actually doing on skis. Get a skilled and objective observer to give you some insights. Better yet, join the outstanding coaches at one of the ESA events
and take your skiing to another level. I intend to continue to get coaching from here on out.