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How Often do You Carve?

Hi folks,

I'm learning carving, so I watch people snowboarding and intend to learn from them at my local resort. But it seems to me that very few people are carving, most of them are doing skidded turns.

Just wondering how often do you carve, like half of the time? Or is it because the snow conditions are too bad. I'm at Big Bear in socal.

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Evan
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Hi folks,

I'm learning carving, so I watch people snowboarding and intend to learn from them at my local resort. But it seems to me that very few people are carving, most of them are doing skidded turns.

Just wondering how often do you carve, like half of the time? Or is it because the snow conditions are too bad. I'm at Big Bear in socal.

Thanks,
Evan
I would say half. it really depending on the speed I am going.
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Big bear you don't really have the room to carve, too many people and you gotta bleed off speed or yuo're gonna hit someone.
That being said, most people dont' carve because they think skidding or any turn is a carve.
You see those people who bomb straight down and do desperation slips, that's not carving. Cudos for being able to bomb like that
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If I feel like cruising some groomers I will carve, but a lot of the time I'm messing around, doing butters, looking for side hits, etc.

Thinking about it now, instructors are about the only people I see carving when I'm watching from the chair

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I carve turkey. Only during thanksgiving though.

I try to carve as much as I can, especially if I'm just freeriding. You can always fine tune your carving technique. Park laps...meh...don't really give a fuck b/c I'm getting cheeze steeze and hot babes from buttery front board slides.
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Conditions permitting, I will carve as much as I can. 80% ish if good snow. There is nothing better than gliding around the hill silently, while feeling the g forces of a roller coaster. If there is ice, death cookies, or chop, I'm usually screwing around more and carving less.

But yeah... most people don't know what carving is, or if they do, they can only do it when exiting a turn and moving across the hill. Carving while entering a turn is a bit more difficult and takes more skill and confidence, since you are tilting your board on the edge that could cause you to tomahawk if you aren't moving parallel to your edge.
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Honestly i think it feels awesome just carving a newly prepped slope in the morning hours before hungover maniacs start molesting the trails and clogging everything up. Then i'm off to the park or the powder.
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If I feel like cruising some groomers I will carve, but a lot of the time I'm messing around, doing butters, looking for side hits, etc.

Thinking about it now, instructors are about the only people I see carving when I'm watching from the chair
Yes, this is exactly what I noticed.
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I carve whenever possible, especially on groomers and most fun when initiated from the speed coming around a hairpin-esque turn.

Not really "carving" but use a similar motion when trying to maintain or generate speed when approaching or during a flat area of the mountain (similar to tic-tacs on a skateboard).

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