Originally Posted by onyxjl
and as a follow up question...
What mechanism do you use to tighten a turn radius or add speed control when you have reached the limitations of what your skill, terrain, conditions, or equipment can accomplish with a carved turn?
To go fast:
My Preferred technique, for carving smaller turns at slower speeds than the skis were really designed for is to use less of the ski:
1) Use only one ski; it is easier to bend one ski than to bend two skis.
2) Use only a part of one ski at a time. Put all your weight on the tips and carve a turn using only the tip, ignoring the tail. Then finish the turn using only the tail as it goes through the same apex the tips went through. This is my preferered method to carry as much speed as possible while still making the tiny turns I am sometimes forced to make with my SGs.
To go slow:
Side slip. You must have done some of this as a beginner. Your skis are 90 degrees to the fall line and you control how much you slip down the hill by changing the angle your ski bases make with the snow. You can add some side slip to any part of the turn, or if it's very steep and you don't know what is down there just around that bolder that's blocking your view, you can side slip straight down. This technique (adding side slip to the turn) is very useful if you are on a run you have never been on before and don't know what is coming up. You should always pre-run a course before you take it full blast. What I like to do when exploring a new steep run is start to carve my turn out of the fall line and once my skis have deviated a little bit from the fall line, stand nice and tall to get a good view while introducing a bit of side slip. Playing with the amount of deviation from the fall line, the angle of the bases, and fore-aft balance adjusts my position on the run. When I get too close to one edge, I carve a turn back the other way, and begin to side slip again after I have carved through the fall line and my tips are pointing down and towards the other way. Interestingly, I suppose I could side slip the entire time, but I prefer to carve across the fall line.
Another technique that is useful in limited space when you must go slow and the pitch is fairly steep, but still shallow enough to have deep snow on it is the bicycle turn. The motion and rhythm of the feet is like that of pedaling a bicycle. As you push down with your uphill foot a pivot point moves along the downhill edge of that ski from the tip to the tail as the ski does sort of a cross between a carve and a windshield wiper turn with the end of the windshield moving. You end up facing the other way ready to push the other "pedal" down. Perhaps some instructor can better explain the bicycle turn. Imho, it is a lot less taxing that doing hop turns.