narjan (narjan) wrote in snowsports,

Some info on carving?

Hello everyone :)

I was wondering has anyone of you ever seen some good info on carving on the net - techniques, howto's etc? Video's would be good, but my connection is lame so I might not be able to download something too big. Ideally I'd like some good written text with illustrations. By now all I've found has been this:

I know learning by that sort of stuff might be stupid, but then if you haven't got an instructor I guess it's the only way.
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i can't be of much help (there is probably stuff on youtube but I have a terrible connection and can't download).

Learning how to carve, at least for me, was practice, and feeling it. Then adjusting adjusting adjusting. If you aren't sure if you're carving or not, go onto hardpack/ice. If you're sliding out, then you're not carving.

When you are carving correctly you can feel it in your leg, the increasing force. If you are sliding out your turn, then this force is disapated, and you don't feel it 'build' in the same way.

For me, hands down, the tip that helped me with my carving, is upper body position. If I feel my skis slipping, it's usually because my body is following my skis too much, and I'm not creating enough pressure on the downhill ski to 'lock' in the edge and let the ski perform.
Thanks! :)

Good point about sliding. What indicates my not carving for me (although how should I know) is not feeling anything on the inner leg. I suppose if you're carving you should have both legs work right?

Youtube is a good idea, I didn't think of that. Although my connection is pretty awful too I guess I'll take a try :)

The best thing you can do is go and get some instruction from a pro. I just spent a week in Panorama with 4 days of level 3 ski instruction and boy did I learn a lot, and a lot about my bad habbits.

When carving, balance, body positioning, and speed are all important factors.

You should be like 90 percent on your downhill ski when carving, and just enough pressure on your uphill ski to maintain control of it and keep it tracking in line with the other one.

A ski instructor can look at all the things you are doing and tell you ways to improve your carving ability. you can only feel what you are doing, where as they can see it.

Hope this helps.
Unfortunately I might not get an instructor any time around soon, but the advice is greatly appreciated :))
Check out
click training and try to find a catagory that fits your preference. There are many professional ski instructors that hang around that site. There is also a general ski discussion forum where someone may have already asked the question or you could ask it... but you may need to register at the site.

What is your ability level? What kind of skis do you use? What kind of terrain do you prefer. Are you racing?
Thanks a lot! I'm browsing through the forums and it looks teriffic :)

I'm well intermediate probably (or rather a bit more than a beginner) - I started skiing last year, manage decent parallel turns/skidding and all the basics. My skis are Head C210 (beginner stuff) and no I'm not racing. :)
This may not be the answer you want, but I would recommend a lesson. Not by a friend but a professional ski instructor. They will quickly determine your ability while offering a refresher course. Then they can give you pointers on your technique to work on. Once you know what to work on, then you can go out and just ski while practicing what you learned. When you're ready, go back for another lesson, maybe later this year or next.
I know and maybe I will try. Just that I want to have as much theory under hand as I possibly can in case I don't get an instructor :)
Hey there~ Here's a link to a video segment on carving. It's geared toward Telemark - not sure how you slide on snow, but maybe you can glean some info from this:
Hi. Thanks!
Although I ski alpine but the video was interesting :))