[quote]Originally posted by Whygimf:
[QB]Fast man said, "Key to skiing softer on groomed slopes is the ability to carve a turn."
On the question of skiing softer, may we look at another way?
Snow-ski sensitivity is essential to skiing softer based on conditions, terrain and turning goals. Learning to accurately 'brush' a ski on the snow surface, shaping the turn primarily through steering, is a sign of a skier with a soft touch.
Whygimf, I think what you say here has much merit.
A refined ability to steer our skis is a very important skill to possess. Skiing in this manner allows us to produce the turn shapes we desire while standing more erectly over our skis then we do when carving. Carving requires extreme body positions to create the edge angles needed for short radius turns that steering on a flatter ski does not.
It also is a very relaxing way to ski, as the centrifugal forces generated that we must resist are greatly reduced.
It is a nice form of speed control for times when you would just like to relax and "smell the roses" so to speak.
But like most things in life that that provide benefits, they ussally are encombered with a negative side. Here are a few:
* Because the skis are at an angle relative to the direction of travel of the ski, turbulance is increased. On soft snow it is not very noticable, but on icy or irregular surfaces it can become quite apparent, and make a smooth execution of the technique much more challenging. In these conditions a clean edge can offer a better option for achieving a "soft feel."
* Because of the steering action in the foot, combined with the extra turbulence created as explained above, torsional forces applied to the binding increase. Carving theoretically eliminates those torsional forces.
* It does not afford the opportunity to introduce the power and dynamic skiing referred to in the question posed for this tread.
While every technique has it's advantages, there really is no right or wrong, as I believe whygimf implies. It's just a matter of the choises we make and the objectives we try to achieve through those choises.
The great thing about skiing is the soul nurturing joy of becoming one with the mountain. The form in which we express that joy is up to us.