Haven't skied with Bode, but personal support for Atomicman's, other's comments about racing and bumps: I began taking coupla lessons a week this year from a race coach, started running gates in middle age. Few weeks ago found myself in a major bump field out west (Exhibition at SV). Usually avoid them cuz of my knees, but no easy exit this time, so I pushed off and prepared for the usual "well, I survived that again."
Only this time it felt like I was flowing through those suckers. No fuss, not much bother, no pain afterward.
: So freaked out, I went after another set. Same thing. It felt like everything was slower, easier to see, more choices. Finally realized that without thinking I was applying a lot of the new bits I'm learning - retraction, rotary when needed, dynamic COM, choosing when and how much to steer the inside ski - the usual stuff, and it was making my technique in the moguls a whole lot smoother. I'm still no threat to make the U.S. mogul squad, let alone beat the average J1 in the gates, and my knees still don't much like the end of the day, but suddenly bumps are approaching fun.
But look Gooberhead, I mostly wasn't carving, or at least unless I chose to, and I don't think the whole premise of that is relevant. It's not about whether racing makes you carve bumps. It's about whether racing teaches your entire body to adapt to whatever's around you, and react appropriately. Make that a yes vote!