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Is there too much emphasis on carving?

post #1 of 7
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I just posted the following as an off-topic addition to a reply. Thought I might see whether it was worth a thread of its own.

Is there too much emphasis on carving? Are skidded turns (misguidedly) treated with distain? Last week I thoroughly enjoyed blasting round the hill in railroad track carves but still found plenty of occasions when they were the wrong option, e.g., it does not have to get all that narrow/steep/busy before you cannot shed enough speed using gravity alone and some controlled skidding/edge-checking is required. Do you agree or does this comment just show up the limitations of my technique? (BTW - my skis claim to have a 22m radius, this may be different on extremely shaped skis)


post #2 of 7

Yes good skiers use the full spectrum from pure carve to pure pivot to enjoy all aspects of the mountain.

Try doing your railroad tracks and slowly add independent leg steering. Then tyr pivot turns and slowly add edging. Work your way back from each end of the spectrum.
post #3 of 7
My "job", so to speak, is to BE where I need to BE. How I get there is quite academic. Our hill is typical eastern ..... over compacted from high traffic, narrow and icy more often than not.

The blending of skills is the only way to go. The carve is nice but to avoid a trouble spot (ice, object or person), use everything in your bag.

The folks out west will have a hard time understanding this.
post #4 of 7
Great topic. I know I went through a period when all I did was work on carving. To some degree it hurt my skiing. I became very static. I have not read the article, however in TPS there is something written about rotary and/or the importance of inside foot steering.

Our SSD (a BEAR known as ROBIN) had an interesting perspective the other day. He put forth the idea that any focus on one mechanic in skiing will disrupt other movement. I know this has occured in the last two years in my skiing. I'm working hard to restore some degree of athleticism. Well as much athleticism as a 47 year old can muster!

I'll also add I used to be proud of my short radius turns on straight skis. Today the aren't as good even though I ski 80% of the time on a 155 cm Fischer WC SC that has as radical a profile as one will find in skis.

Go figure
post #5 of 7
Rusty, time to go back to wedeln [img]smile.gif[/img]

post #6 of 7
gotta find a dead dog to skin and make a yeti hat first.

Are you coming west this winter?
post #7 of 7
We've beat this topic to death a few times over the years I guess, but my feeling hasn't changed. I ski/Patrol depending on my mood and the conditions. If it's not crowded and it's a corduory day, then most of the day i'm doing high speed carves just cruising around. If it's busy, i'll just be doing short swing turns. If it's a powder day, I won't be carving much. I'll be poaching as much as possible and doing bumps. I'm kind of an old style skier anyhow. I like to mix it up and have fun.
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