Originally Posted by LeeD
True carving is a specialized technique, one that takes superior conditioning and thigh strength, smooth semi step terrain, and sort "old guy" mentality.
Before you get on my case, I AM an old guy, and rode with MikeJacoby/MarkFawcett a handful of days around Tahoe, especially race training practice at the N run off the tall chair at DonnerSkiRanch.
VERY few rec skiers/boarders can carve, even after they've ridden 300 days or more. And the specialized boards/boots needed are not something the REC boarder would procure.
As for CARVING skiers, every skier SAYS they carve. Less than 5% actually do it on a run.
I agree with your statements about percentages.
I do not agree about specialised technique/gear. Yes, for very high performance, but not in general.
At the CASI snow school progression, we intoduce the carving at intermediate level. At least, to the students willing to pursue it...
Fawcett is a really nice guy, had the pleasure of talking to him few times, when he brought the Canadian Alpine team to Cypress for trainings, prior to the Olympics. I never had pleasure of meeting Jacoby...
He, he, I like the "old guy" disclaimer
I'm not a spring chicken either