Yeah...I suppose you could
say that carving is lame and boring. If you want proof, go hang out on something like Schoolmarm at Keystone on a weekend...where hordes of non-carvers turn their feet back and forth...and never change direction! That's definitely
a non-boring experience, as I can attest, as I got turfed by a non-carving (and non-turning) snowboarder on Schoolmarm some years back...result: concussion and a broken collarbone.
Or, to look at it another way, you're cruising along on an icy road, and up comes an especially icy curve. Your choices: skid your way around the curve or steer your way around the curve. Ten seconds...
Last weekend, I was doing a quick "Why carving is a good idea" 5 minute clinic in the middle of our Masters GS training, and I thought I'd keep it simple. Carving is good because:
- We get to go where we want to, as opposed to Uncharted Territory, which is a good thing generally and a really
good thing in a race course.
- We get to maintain our momentum, which is a good thing if we want to make another
- As Ron LeMaster has pointed out over the years, a carving ski gives you a solid platform to balance against. A skidding ski gives you the balance platform of a runaway dumpster on Birds of Prey.