Fun carver

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The Fun-Carver , also called Kurz-Carver (English: Short carver ) or Kurzski , are the short version of carving skis and usually only between one and one and a half meters long - in each case well below the body size. When the fun carvers developed, type names such as "Big Foot" from Kneissl or "Snowblade" from Salomon were also common. There are only a few companies that manufacture the Fun-Carver gliding devices.

Description of the skis

The skis are extremely tapered and usually have a construction radius of ten or less meters; on some models it goes up to 15 meters.

As a rule, they are provided with an elevation plate, which means that very tight curves can be driven. Without this plate, the athletes would have to curve on the steel edge, they could get on the snow with their ski boots ( bootout ) and fall. The high plate of most fun carvers also has the effect of allowing the ski to flex freely, which again significantly improves the cornering properties

The modern basic ski bodies are made in a sandwich construction, reinforced with Titanal inserts and have a sintered tread. Their length is limited to a maximum of 130 cm.

In contrast to the Bigfoot , Blades , which are no more than 99 centimeters long, and firn gliders , fun carvers have a mandatory safety binding , as is required by law for all skis over one meter in length.

Driving style

The short carvers can drive tight radii of 7–12 meters and thus already feel the centrifugal force , ie the limits of gravity . In contrast to carving , ski poles are also used, which are designed to be slippery and close to the body through bends.

Only skiers who are well trained and in good condition , who also maintain control of the ski in the limit area (when avoiding and stopping), can use these gliding devices. To what extent the special skis are also suitable for beginners is controversial among experts.

Successor to the SL Carver

Fun carvers have hardly been available on the market since the end of the 2000s, as they have been replaced by the normal SL carvers with a comparable radius. The latter have the disadvantage that there is no high plate mounted there and therefore no classic fun carving is possible.

Almost all of the larger producers in the ski industry also build fun and SL carvers, including (alphabetically)
Atomic , Blizzard , Elan , Fischer , Head , K2 , Kneissl , Nordica , Rossignol , Salomon , SCOTT , Stöckli and Völkl .


The fun carvers emerged from the snow gliders , which were developed and used as a descent aid for mountaineers around 1930. They were initially just under 70 cm long. Towards the end of the 20th century, the way of Firngleiter and short skis separated, because at that time some producers a meter long racing Firngleiter on the market brought (Atomic, Kästle). The production of firn gliding skis was discontinued. For better differentiation, the name shortcarver was used for the new developments. The Austrian Ski Federation presented in 2001 to its own regulations for Short Carver competitions. The sub-disciplines were based on alpine skiing competitions. This was the first Austrian Short Carver Championship in Schladming / Styria. After a year, the first unofficial European Short Carver Championship took place in Malbun in Liechtenstein. After the Austrian federal sports organization had officially recognized shortcarving, it organized the first Austrian shortcarver state championships in Axams (slalom) and Fulpmes (eventing competition) in 2003 . In January 2004 there was a detailed report on a short carving race in the Hochimst ski area .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Short skis on offer at e-bay , accessed on December 17, 2017.
  2. Annual report of the FSV Dornbirn on Firngleiten / Shortcarving  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed December 17, 2017.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /