|Originally posted by WVSkier:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr /> The traverse is usually a "targeted, carved" traverse. The task we did during our clinic was across a medium steep hill, firm pack. the goal was to make a perfectly straight traverse with 2 medium spaced (10-12 inches apart) carved tracks aimed at a target across the hill. This shows very fine edge control with some steering. If you just carve the traverse, you would get an arc in the traverse so you have to lighten up the edge angle to get the ski to run straight. Terrain will dictate that you need to make very fine adjustments to your edge angles to keep this line straight. Also maintaining the 10-12 inch (or whatever the examiner demo shows) requires independent leg steering, proper weight distribution and matched edge angles. All a lot harder than it sounds as well.
In the east, the traverse tasks on the exams involve doing them on one ski. In the Level II exam it's the downhill ski, in the Level III it's the uphill ski.
In both circumstances the examiner is looking for balance and stance, and a carved (i.e. no skidding) path across the snow. It's really a balance exercise more than anything, and one that requires a lot of practice.
In the east we have a core set of about a dozen tasks that can be used in the exam. As with the traverse task above, they are the same tasks but executed slightly differently at each level. Of the dozen, the examiners decide which three will be used in that particular exam and each examiner tests for the same three tasks. One great task is "super slow skiing". As we all know speed hides a great many things and the super-slow is a great way to see if the person is executing correctly.
(Note that this is only for the skiing portion of the exam, which is a two days, i.e no teaching involved. If you pass the skiing portion you can then take the teaching exam.)
Bob</font>[/quote]Interesting thoughts. Yes, A targeted carved traverse would require some "sideslip" but if done correctly the slip would be tips and tails and the center of the ski would still be a locked carve. The resulting track would still look like a single carved track or in the case of our tasks, 2 carved tracks evenly spaced all the way across the hill. We did both a true carve (point down hill and tip them, bend the skis, and ride them on what ever arc the ski radius gave us.
Using the carved arc shows that you can put the ski on edge and not input any rotary movement and no skidding.
The targeted carved traverse shows balance, and very fine edge control as you adjust your edge angle to keep the ski moving straight across the hill. You have to make adjustments for terrain to keep the track straight. The fact that they want to see 2 solid carved tracks tells me they want to see the balance even on both skis and that there is some inside leg steering and input. not just a second ski along for the ride.
I believe that there are several (a dozen?) tasks that they are allowed to select from here in the west. In our case, I think it is decided early in the season what tasks they will test for. Then all the prep clinics can help work on those tasks. For the level 2 exam we did 2 days of teaching/skiing with different examiners on each day. All the tasks, demo's and teaching portions were done with each examiner.