Skiing is considered the most effective way to explore and more importantly conquer the mountains. Starting from the highest point, skiers slide to the foot of the Rockies or Alps in the most enthralling event that is filled with admiration. Looking at the top skiers reveals one thing; they are highly skilled and prepared for the challenge.
To become a great skier, the process starts with balancing and later advances to straight track skiing. While you can maneuver small challenges at low speeds, it is not enough to undertake serious challenges. You will need to learn ski carving.
What is carving in skiing?
Because skiing tracks are not straight, a skier must understand how to handle all corners and turns when sliding from the top to the bottom. Carving is the art of cutting edges into the snow with great precision so that the skis do not go sideways and slide along the length. Since most skis are carefully curved on the edges, they are able to make small arcs, and then the edges follow around in turns.
Tips for perfect carving during skiing
Note that carving is no easy task. However, it can be achieved by any skier through progressive practices and training.
(i) Initiating the carving
To initiate the carving, you need to point straight down the slope and roll the knee over a little so that the weight shifts on one ski edge to start digging into the snow. Note that the ski must be put on the edges when carving begins so that it will cut into the snow as opposed to sliding on the full length.
Here, you need to avoid the common mistake of failing to roll on the knee. You need to understand the speed and balance the weight shift with the degree of the knee bend. This allows for accurate displacement so that you do not slide or tip over. Note that the faster you go when carving, the easier it will be to lean and push the skis harder into the snow.
(ii) The carving position
The carving position is the secret to success in carving when skiing. Your body weight should be carefully transferred to the center of the outside ski. The body also needs to remain more upright compared to the legs. This will allow the edges of the skis to dig into the snow and also switch between different turns. Ensure the shoulders come flat to the ski direction. Though it is not encouraged for learners, some pro skiers can also use the inside ski when carving.
(iii) The right condition for carving
While carving demonstrates personal skills and stamina, it is not possible in all conditions. You require the right equipment and conditions. The snow should be soft enough to allow the ski cut through and carve. However, it should be hard enough to hold all the sideway forces that you generate when carving. In icy conditions, it is very difficult to carve. Always remember that the sharpness of the skis edges can stand between a successful attempt and a total failure.