The Carver's Almanac: Resources for carving





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Top Carving sites

Regional carving sites

You can meet up with other carvers by connecting via a regional carving web site. Carvers are generally evangelistic, so you should have no problem getting advice and tracking down gear to borrow or buy. If you surf sites in various languages, you can use Babelfish or Langenberg to translate. You also may need to select a local character encoding to see special characters: Select View -> Encoding in Internet Explorer to set the text encoding.

Regional snowboard sites which often include carving discussion

General carving info

Blogs, Home pages, photo galleries

Japanese Carving sites (Set your browser to use shift-JIS text encoding)

The Russian Connection

There are quite a few carving articles available in Cyrillic, some of which are familiar translations from English. You may need to set your browser to use Cyrilic text encoding.

The Old Bomber

There were a few threads on the now-defunct old Bomber forum that are archived here:


There are two Japanese magazines that have extensive coverage of carving with a lot of meticulous step-by-step how-to photo spreads:

Snowboard Nippon, published by Ski Journal, often has extensive carving coverage. They have almost no advertising:

December 2003, #03

  • 7 pages: Interview with Peter Bauer with a photo spread
  • 5 pages: Tips for hardbooting in powder
  • 3 pages: Hardboot carving tips
  • 8 pages: Mechanics of turning in hardboots
  • 9 pages: Alpine carving buyers guide for '04
  • 3 pages: Coverage of the FIS '03 world cup in Sapporo, world rankings and schedule of races for '04.

February 2004, #04

  • 14 pages: Carving and racing techniques of Dejan Kosir, with a photo spread
  • 14 pages: Advanced tuning techniques for different types of boards (race, freeride, freestyle), for different areas of the hill (carving, halfpipe, park, etc)

November 2004, #05

  • 17 pages: 4 steps for carving: positioning, weight transition, edging, and open / closed stances. These are 4 out of the 9 steps - the next 5 will be in issue #6. These photo spreads are a companion to the Carving Master 2 DVD, which shows all steps.
  • 7 pages: Snowboard racing, with interviews and tips from pro riders
  • 4 pages: '05 Board buyer's guide
  • 26 pages: There is a carving competition. Carvers turn around pylons and are judged for their carving ability. Includes carving tips and step-by-step analysis
  • 8 pages: Tuning, stance, base material

November 2004 supplement

This issue is "Mathieu Bozzetto's Snowboard Carving Method". 132 pages of freecarving and racing techniques. Plus he goes over the techniques used by other pro riders.

January 2005, #06

  • 15 pages: A companion to the Carving Master 2 DVD, showing steps 5-9 for alpine riding: eye point, edging point, turn control, transition control, middle & Short turn.
  • 12 pages: analysis of racing technique from top pros
  • 1 page: world cup snowboard coverage

Snowstyle Magazine issues a single carving supplement each fall titled "Carve":

December 2003

  • Lots of pictures.
  • 8 pages of carving tips, including Vitelli turns, Interviews with three alpine industry leaders.
  • 11 pages: Alpine buyer's guide for '04.
  • 12 pages: Carving skills.
  • 10 pages: Coverage of current alpine racers.

December 2004

  • Lots of photos.
  • 9 pages: analysis of Mathieu Bozzetto, Nicolas Huet, and Sigi Grabner's riding style, including graphs showing how the pressure changes during the turn.
  • 4 pages: Covers a step-by-step how-to for 7 tricks on a carving board: 1-foot carving, switch carving, ollie to carving, ollie to vitelli, heel side hand slide 360 in bank, tail spin 270 stop, and tail press spin.
  • 4 pages: a complete expose on grooming machines, how they work, and the different brands
  • 14 pages: Alpine buyer's guide for '05.

December 2005

  • Lots of 2-page photo spreads
  • 16 pages: Highly detailed techniques used by 4 different riders for carving and racing
  • 5 pages: tips for BX racing.
  • 13 pages: Alpine buyer's guide for '06
  • 5 pages: tips on how to set up a stance, from the SettingMaster
  • 3 pages: tricks on an alpine board
  • 4 pages: waxing tips for racing
  • 4 pages: common technique mistakes of alpine riders
  • 9 pages: A list of 43 retail shops that sell carving gear.
  • 11 pages: photos of carving on a huge mountain
  • 4 pages: They interview Sigi about his new line of SG boards.

December 2006

  • Lots of 2-page photo spreads
  • 3 pages: a pitch for a carve camp sponsored by CARVE magazine
  • 4 pages: new carving products for 2007, including the IBEX bindings that use the Burton molds, and the Active Flex lifter system
  • 20 pages: extremely detailed step-by-step carving instruction, showing all aspects of carving. Illustrated with photos of Sigi Grabner and Mathieu Bozzetto. Includes stance, equipment adjustment, force vectors, drills.
  • 6 pages: interview with a Japanese racer Shota Yada
  • 10 pages: Alpine buyer's guide for '07
  • 4 pages: plyometric workout routine for carving
  • 10 pages: photos and results of alpine races
  • 2 pages: New Zealand TravelBlog
  • 3 pages: profile of Sigi and Mathieu
  • 9 pages: A list of 43 retail shops that sell carving gear
  • 5 pages: photos from the Olympics in Torino
  • 4 pages: profile of Koji Sugimoto

The Pro Rider Magazine is published yearly by the AASI, and may have alpine skills articles from time to time.

You might be able to get some tips from the better ski magazines like Powder, Ski or Skiing.

The Snowboard Journal is a quarterly magazine printed in September, November, January, and March. It's first issue was January 2004. Similar to The Surfer's Journal, it has very little advertising and does not sell out to the corporate marketing forces that are behind the jibber crowd. Carving has gotten some exposure in a few issues:

Articles on carving


One manuscript stands out: "Snowboarding: A Practical Manual" a self-published book written in 1993 by Erik Beckman, a snowboard instructor at Sugarloaf. It's about 60 pages, and focuses almost entirely on carving. Chapter 13 is enlightening, since it goes into the bone/joint/muscle kinematics needed to execute cross-through turns on steep ice. To inquire about the status of the manuscript, contact:

Many other snowboard books include a few pages on basic carving, but none of them cover it in sufficient depth to be useful. Here are a few examples:

You might be able to get some tips from the better ski books:

The UK-based World Snowboard Guide is one of the few books that includes carving information in their resort descriptions. The info isn't very complete or accurate, but it's better than nothing. They also have info on summer boarding.


There are none. In carving, there are more opinions than there are facts. Plus, even the facts are opinionated. Actually, there is a laminated FAQ:

Laminated FAQ

Print this out and hand it to people on the lift when they start pestering you with questions.

Snowboard Carving FAQ
How is it different from riding a regular board? There is never any skidding involved, only carving on the edge.
Is that board good for ice? Yes, if you want to carve on ice without skidding, and if you are very skilled.
Are those ski boots? They are snowboard race boots, which have more ankle flex. And they're more comfortable.
Is that a monoski? No, a monoski has bindings side-by-side, which is not nearly as versatile.
Is it difficult to learn? It's no harder than other board sports.
Is it harder than regular snowboarding? It uses the same skills as freeriding, just in different ways. Plus, you get to face the direction you are going.
Does that board go fast? The G-force from carving an arc keeps my speed in check.
Are you in a race? Nope. Today I'm going for perfect arcs instead of the fastest speed.
What does it feel like? It feels exactly the way it looks.
Why do you ride one of those boards? Follow me.

The Final Carving FAQ

There is actually one more FAQ: The Final Carving FAQ, and it makes sense of all other carving information. It is a bit of wisdom conjured by Patrice Fivat:

Carving is not theoretical, it's empirical

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