The Carve Technique
Carving skis allow this due to their specific structure. If back in the days a great effort was made to obtain a turn and many practice hours were put into it to develop this technique, nowadays a good pair of carve skis will allow any skier to employ it successfully. What is more, each turn has to be executed without speeding through the exit from the turning move, hence, the ski tails will skid. Each stage of the curving turn has to be approached in a specific manner: at first, the skier has to avoid slipping; while turning the radius of the curb has to be aligned with the forces that act upon the skis, and finally, the tendency of the ski tails to slip has to be controlled. Consolidating the carve technique through specific practice entails the following basic elements:
The skis, the muscles, and gravitation should be involved in the movement harmoniously. The skier should be aware of the forces used while turning and of the body moves which are balanced dynamically to oppose them more easily.
The skis follow accurately the chosen track by carrying into effect line turns which are not deviated on bumpy slopes. The body performs specific moves, does not lose its balance and should not overcompensate futilely.
The focus is on two aspects: the ground and the manner of skiing (sensations). The main muscles are tense (not contracted though) during each turn, while the muscles which are not involved in the movement should be relaxed, ready to react in order to keep the balance if necessary.
Characteristics of the carve technique:
- Parallelism in turning
- Enlarging the support polygon from a wide position of the skis
- Constant pressure
- The triggering element of the turn is represented by “the ski structure”
- Specific angulation