What the heck is this carving all about? Someone once asked in a ski lesson.
Simple answer is allowing the skis to edge through a turn. The telltale signs of a carved turn are two parallel knife marks in the snow.
The best way to look at your turns is on the ride back up the chairlift. If you see two lines and no poofs of snow with a half moon shape? You’re onto or into a carved turn.
Your best friend is speed. And a great carved turn is never perfected. You will be working on refining it until you die in four feet of powder on a steep pitch somewhere.