Originally Posted by BigmountainVMD
Another way to tell is to look at your tracks when riding on hardpack snow. Tracks from a skidded turn are pretty wide, anywhere from a foot (30 cm) to a few feet wide, depending on board size and how much you are skidding. WHen you are carving, the track is really thin because only the edge is coming in contact with the snow, so you dig a deep, thin line in the snow.
Good on you guys for understanding, cause that question had me doing a
Just like what Bigmountain says. If you can get under a lift and do turns the whole way down, then go back up and look at your tracks.
The following image is what a carve track looks like:
While this shows a more skidded turn. The skidded track will be anywhere from 6-8" (almost carving) so several feet wide.