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by J. Scott Mcgee

The term “carv­ing” is of­ten thrown around by metal-edged skiers, and yet few truly carve. To de­fine it, carv­ing oc­curs when ev­ery point along a ski's edge passes through the same point, or, more po­et­i­cally, through the same snowflake. In this sense, skate skiers carve far more than most alpine skiers.

Now carv­ing is a great sen­sa­tion, but it's more than just a good feel­ing. Mas­ter­ing the art of hold­ing an edge and us­ing ski de­sign to scribe an arc – rather than piv­ot­ing to turn – de­vel­ops ex­pert-level edg­ing skills. It also helps pro­vide clear feed­back, and proof, of whether both skis are edged equally, another key skill for ad­vanced ski­ing.

Prac­tise on cat tracks and green runs, check­ing your tracks un­til you see you're carv­ing. Re­fine your ac­cu­racy, and soon you'll be carv­ing up a storm!

J. Scott Mcgee coaches the PSIA Nordic Team (USA) and works as Snow King Moun­tain Sports School's di­rec­tor. A former tele­mark com­peti­tor, he now dreams of per­fect corn on spring back­coun­try skate-ski tours. Mcgee spends his sum­mers guid­ing climbs in the Te­tons for Exum Moun­tain Guides.

Try this: Start by tip­ping both skis equally. Fol­low the arc that the skis nat­u­rally scribe when edged. In­crease edge an­gle as needed to keep from slip­ping side­ways, a.k.a. skid­ding. Look back at your tracks to see if you have two clean par­al­lel arcs. A wide track in­di­cates skid­ding; if so, edge more. Con­verg­ing or diverg­ing arcs in­di­cate un­equally edged skis.

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