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Reverse Carving

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Anyone on the board try this? I've played with it alittle on the bunny slopes and was surprised how clean a set of tracks can be laid down. Still having trouble seeing where I'm going and goggles don't help either.
post #2 of 13
switch carving is a bit different than regular carving, simply because the position of the hips is different. In switch carving, you will need tip lead to open the hips into the turn. Furthermore, you will need to be standing on the heels (the same as leaning forward when skiing forward). The hardest thing to get used to is most people will really twist their body so that they can keep their head over one shoulder, however, you may find it easier to look over the outside shoulder (this will require a mental picture when you go from over the right to left shoulder), this way is easier to turn, but harder to carve, but it is still possible.
post #3 of 13
Switch parallel is a required movement for Rocky Mountain Level 2.

Tip, lean back (think about it).
post #4 of 13
Stay centered on your skis. Just like when going forward. Levering does not keep the whole ski carving.
post #5 of 13
Yup, do it often. I learned on short skis, 120cm and adapted it to regular length skis. I also have expermented with one ski backward skiing, even harder to do than it is to say. Backward skating is a good drill to learn the balance for switch skiing.

post #6 of 13
Good point Ron. I also do a lot of switch carving on my begginer lesson skis. It sure teaches you when your hips are in the wrong place.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I'll try the backwards skatingand work on the body postioning. I'm not looking forward to falling backwards.
post #8 of 13
We did that out there for the coaches acadamy. Carve forward up the hill until you stop, then backward. They called it the "Dolly Parton Drill"
post #9 of 13
Also much much easier with Center mounted skis . . . more tail brings you into the turn easier. Getting the lead change down is the toughest part.
post #10 of 13
Good point twin tips have a center mounting point, while single tips are further back.
post #11 of 13
Depends on the skis, too. I notice that my B5s carve tighter turns switch than they do normally. They carve so tight switch that I have to be really careful not to carve a 180 on a dime!
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Did some switch carving at the end of the day past the ski corral and into the parking lot. Lifty Bob that was running the corral didn't think it was that cool.
post #13 of 13
our lifty is jim bob, he hasn't figured out which eye he is seeing you out of yet.

So, switch on!

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