If you have ever seen the ski racers doing a run down a hill and wondered “how can I ever be that good?” We have some ideas for you! Even if you have never watched them, but you just want to know how to travel at a fast speed while carving some deep cuts in the snow, here are some ideas to help.
- Pick your slope: Don’t just pick out an area at random, do the legwork and scope. You’ll need a large slope with a gentle pitch. Also make sure it is not a high-traffic area.
- Start by practicing making some parallel turns very slowly with your skis.
- Make sure your skis are just a little more than shoulder’s width apart. If you get them too close together, they will tangle during the turn and if they are too far apart, you’ll lose your stability and control. You’ll know that the width is right because your knees will not bang together.
- Make sure that the pressure and weight of your feet is on the forward-inside edge of your ski that is the outside ski in the turn. So if you’re turning right, you’ll put the pressure on the left ski. You can practice this feeling before you even start skiing. You need to focus on having the weight centered on the ball of your foot. Press your shin forward just a little bit on your boot’s cuff. When you start to turn, you will need to bring the inside ski forward only a little bit while lifting the inside knee to have your weight focused on the inside of the turn. Your hips should naturally fall inward.
- Keep your hip that is inward at an angle forward throughout the turn. Don’t back out of the turn was it’s started. Commit to it. Bailing will only cause you injury or make you biff it.
- Be sure to straighten your turning leg while stepping onto the inside edge of the opposite ski at the same time as putting your pole down for the next turn. Then do it again into the next turn.
- Start a rhythm moving a little up and then down while turning ever so slightly. Keeping your skis forward at the beginning in order to keep the edge of your skis from skidding. Make sure your weight is just a little farther back on the inside of your heel’s arch as you make it through the turn.
- When you’re just getting a feel for the movement, you can let your entire weight ride on the inside edge of the turning ski, but as you get better and maybe get some nicely shaped skis, you will learn to keep the weight on the inside of the ski and carve the ski in the same way that you are carving your outside ski. But the inside sky, the weight needs to be on the outer side of the ball of your foot.
Keep in mind that all of these suggestions will require a lot of practice and patience. Don’t expect to be able to do a perfect carve turn the first time you attempt it, no matter how long you have been skiing. Of course having skis that are better shaped for carving will make the entire process much easier, but they are not entirely required to be able to carve. It will make it way less stressful though. Also really make sure you are not in a populated are when you are attempting any new skiing technique. Accidents in the snow can be not only dangerous, but can prove fatal. Avoid both collisions with trees and people and keep yourself safe out there.