Steps II

“Euro” Carve The Technique Of Style When it’s time to add some style to the Alpine turn, there’s nothing likethe Euro carve. There is, however, more to laying it over than meets the eye. The Euro carve (Amero carveto patriots)-extending your body horizontally out over the snow-is a purely stylistic maneuver, but itsexecution is founded in technique. The most important part of the Euro carve is the “carve” itself-the board’sangle in the snow determines the degree your body will splay out horizontally. This concept, that angles arecreated with your board rather than your body, must be paramount if style is to ensue. Once you’veestablished board angle in the snow and you’re locked solidly into a carve, extend your legs, applying weightto the edge.

At your fully extended point, leaning to the inside of the turn, your body will match the angle ofyour board (if it’s at 45 degrees, you’ll be at 45, if it’s at 90, you’ll be parallel to the snow). To get closer tothe snow, tip the board more, bringing the slope to you, rather than bending over and reaching for it.Remember, a stylish Euro carve is one focused on the carve, in which the body remains straight, mimickingthe board’s angle. The course of the upper body is at your discretion.

Technically, the least amount of weight on your body is best, thereby reserving that pressure for the board’s edge. Tradition dictates turning yourupper body in the direction the board is pointed and grazing the snow with the palm of your back hand. TheEuro carve is typically a toeside maneuver; heelsides are more difficult, but entirely possible, too. If gettinglow is your goal, be sure to have plenty of angle on your bindings to avoid boot drag, and ride a longerboard to allow you more time to draw out the center (apex) of a turn. Oh yeah, go fast. -K.H. large photo:rider: José Navarro photo: Zwirsinski In a properly executed Euro carve, the rider extends through the turn,laying out over the snow, while continuing to apply pressure to the board.

The rider’s body slopes progressively downward from his head to the board, focusing energy on the edge and allowing him tomaintain control. small photo: rider: photo: Cassimus Instead of bending at the waist and reaching for thesnow, tip your board, bringing the snow to you, and extend, pushing through your feet.