Individuals who have not skied in the past ten to twelve years may have completely missed out on the revolution caused by the carving ski technique. Some important changes in equipment have made it possible for more skiers to achieve the carving style successfully. In the past, most skiers used straight boards, as opposed to their modern shaped counterparts. The traditional planks were generally longer, and required skiers to put forth a great deal of effort in order to achieve proper approach. In fact, with straight skis it took years, sometimes, for a skier to be comfortable with their form and ability to ski runs more difficult than those rated with a green circle.
Skiing with traditional models .. why?Shaped skis are typically shorter than the equivalent straight models. If a person had been used to skiing with 200 cm traditional models, then they would likely want to use a modern version with a length of about 170 cm. The most distinctive feature of shaped skis is the parabolic shape that makes the modern method of skiing easy to perfect.
In the past, when traditional equipment was the norm, skiers used to have to hop in order to remove weight from the skis when making a turn. With practice, this resulted in some beautiful S-shaped curves, and with even more practice, a skier could achieve a legitimate “carved” parallel turn. Accomplishing this was not easy, however.
Practice, practice and again practiceWith modern planks, the carving technique is much easier to practice and perfect, and this is because of their unique shape. If a skier is accustomed to straight skis, it might take them some additional time to get used to shaped skis, but once they understand how they work, the carving ski technique is incredibly easy. All one must do to achieve beautiful, carved turns is to lean into the side of the hill and let the equipment do most of the work. It really is that easy. Beginners are now able to master the technique in just a few lessons, and skiing has become a more popular and fun sport, overall.
The carving ski technique has brought a lot of skiers back to the ski hill, and it is easy to see why. With shaped models making skiing so easy, the sport becomes more fun for everyone.