Originally Posted by jellybean
I'm trying to control the rate of my descent on a steep, hard packed/icy slope using turn shape. However, near the bottom of the turn, I frequently cause the ski to side slip. My intent is to keep carving all the way up to transition. Now, I understand that in sphincter tight steep, I probably get defensive in my skiing and try to steer the ski accross the fall line and get off my edges. Any tips or stategies - other than avoiding steep icy trails?
You can steer the skis across the fall line without releasing the edge angles. Be tenacious on maintaining edge angle. Steering to finish on very very steep does not mean you don't hold the edge. All it means is the "purity" of the carve is not available. It's a rounded skid and you can narrow the skid significantly by keeping the edges up high.
I think trying to keep the skis locked up in a carve coming across the hill on severe steeps is a losing game. If you're gonna want to do it really clean on that terrain, you're gonna have to put intense pressure and angle with a deep bend of the ski while the ski is in the fall line--much higher in the turn--and then release the edge coming across. Or perhaps let the very top of the turn drift into a new direction (skarving?)--a move I don't quite understand yet, as I haven't been in situations on double blacks where I need to.
Ultimately though, I believe the secret to carrying speed along a speed controlling line in very steep terrain is going forward (and away from the hill) at the initiation, when the skis are beginning to accelerate off of the edge hold from the old turn. If you really attack the tips there--progressively and aggressively building pressure to both inside edges of the turn (way up in the front), you will have a lot of options at the end.
I learned it in Wachusetts. Volkskier1 taught me.