Hi, I learnt to ski in the 2009 season, I am in the southern hemisphere so our season runs from July - October.
After some casual stints as a student, 1 or 2x ski per year with group lessons didn't work for me so I took up private lessons in 2009. Currently I think I am a beginner blues, I don't fall over but I am still using the V formation. If I try to corrct myself I can trip myself over.
In 2009 I had the seasons pass so I did about 15 days of skiing. This year I won't do much because I didn't get the pass, I plan for 2011 and do a lot more with lessons. I also found my instructor is not working this year.
So .. my question is how does a person break out of the V into parallel skiing? Does it take long? In the past I have been told to initialise the turn with the down hill ski and then link the other ski so it's parallel. I am not sure about parallel skiing but I can do side stepping I think that's what it is called. You sometimes see a ski patrol skiing down fast and he/she hops to the side. I can do right turns a bit better than the lefts, doing left turns, the up hill ski (the left) tend to not want to go parallel. I also tend to lean a bit more backward.
Also, do people do carving generally or just parallels? Is that limited to groom terrain only?
Thanks in advance :)