Got to carve yesterday before work with a friend. My friend is an accomplished skier but had never been on carvers before. Some quick observations.
First, on a gentle slope, say something similar to the entry to a lift line, there was still concern about falling and becoming one with the pavement. Fear is a powerful motivator!
Second, a tendency to become inside leg dominant and stack the weight over the inside foot. This position was described as feeling "safe" but was the dreaded A-frame.
Third, movements focused on inside leg activity resolved the A-frame/inside leg stacking and transferred weight to the outside foot. Skating that looked much more like skiing soon followed!
So what were the movements? First a straight run with a focus on lightening one foot. Second, purposeful lightening and tipping of the inside foot. Third, skating to linked turns.
In the skating exercise, emphasis was placed on starting each skate on the little toe edge of the inside foot, then gliding over the crown in the road and rolling progressively to the big toe side. Then set the new lifted skate down on the little toe edge of the other foot, glide over the crown in the road and roll to the big toe. This simulates the tipping movement of the outside foot on skis. Once the outside foot and inside foot could make the same movements simultaneously with the majority of the weight over the outside foot, there was a smooth transition between turns with an easy entry to each turn.
With carvers there is a more "foot centric" approach to movements due to the effort needed to tip the feet to create turn shape. Even with advanced students, you still need to go back to the basics at times to get where you want to go.
BTW, still dodging rain here, so I will post video as soon as the sun shines for more than 30 minutes at a time!