3 Steps To Carving When Downhill Skiing


Skiing; one of the best experiences you will ever have the luck to be a part of.  We simply think that this holiday will not be matched by any other holiday you ever go on.

Regardless of how good you are at skiing – whether you spend your day flying down black runs avoiding moguls or learning the ropes on the nursery and blue slopes – you will always notice when you are on a chairlift climbing up the mountain, that there are some amazingly fast skiers flying down.

They look like they are going as fast as the Bullet trains of Japan!

You will notice that they are also making turns in a different manner than you probably do; but this is what you are building up to learning throughout your skiing lessons.

They are carving.  This is when they make large ruts inches deep in the snow whilst going at crazy speeds; here we are going to give you some tips on how to get to that level.

1.  Step one

Once you have had a few runs down the mountain and you are used to your boots, skis, etc. then you need o get back to the top, via a chairlift, and begin to make your way down again.

What you need to do when making a turn is apply pressure to the forward-inside edge of the ski that will be on the outside (for example, if you are turning left, it will be your right ski, and vice versa).

As you begin to turn, push the inside ski slightly forward, whilst always keeping pressure on the forward-inside edge of the outside ski, until the turn comes all the way around.

2.  Step two

Make sure you commit to the turn.  By this, we mean do not try to pull out of the turn too early, otherwise you could end up rolling around in the snow.

Keep the turn going until you are skiing perpendicular to the slope (this simply means across the slope).

Now, here comes the important part; straighten your turning leg and make your skis lean onto the inside edges.

3.  Step three

Now, you can allow nearly all of your weight to be on the inside edge of your outside ski.  Once you become confident enough, you can allow more of your weight to move onto the inside ski, carving that ski in the same way you have been doing on your outside ski.

Once you feel confident enough, and only when you are extremely comfortable skiing parallel, should you attempt to try carving.

And once you get to that level, you will be enjoying skiing more than ever.