100 thoughts on “Carving Ski Lesson”

  1. @FullHouseHand A probable reason is you are trying to do too much too soon, try to be much more patient at the start of the turn. Its a misconception that you need alot of edge when you initiate the turn…..you don't. Start gradually and build the edge as the turn progreses. Patience is key. Enjoy your skiing!

  2. Hi, I think I'm having a problem where when I carve I am putting too much pressure on my inside ski. The carving 'looks' good but every time I see videos instructing carving they say that most of your weight should be on the outside ski.

    I don't seem to have any problems on the slopes but I'd like to break this bad habit, any tips? I don't know why but it just seems so much more natural keeping the weight on the inside ski for me.

  3. @TheBillai The problem may be that you are trying to lean in with your body to make the skis go onto an edge. Try to feel more from the knees and ankles rolling the skis on to the edge – let the angle build up and progresssively feel the weight increasing on the outside ski right through the turn. As you initiate the new turn stand progressively onto the uphill ski and gradually build it up all the way through the turn. Don't try to make it a quick commitment to the outside ski, be patient.

  4. @alextlbass We'll there's carving… and carving. As a basic technique people should be learning it in their early stages of so-called 'advanced' skiing, but the art of carving a turn is something you'll never stop learning!

  5. @alextlbass Kind of, yes. But people bring different styles to it. From the knees down, all carving pretty much looks the same if done right on edges. But from the hips up, a lot of carvers look like they're crouching. OTOH, some skiers stay upright in a way that looks cool, more graceful or something. Some carvers look like they're spreading their arms into wings and have sucked their neck up into their head.

  6. Nice video about carving. I like how you did not fail to say how important it is to skid too! Hey……how would you slow down, or stop! Really like how the video shows. Great KISS video. (OK just in case "Keep It Simple Stupid") Be good!

  7. Hey Darren, I love your videos! Its only October but I can't wait for ski season! I realize a lot of times, my skis skid instead of carve, what can i do to fix that? Also, is there a time when I should be purposely trying to skid? Thanks!

  8. @MclarenF1b0i Thanks, glad you like our videos!! Try and work on your carving on a flatter slope, be really patient at the start of the turn and gradually build up the edge without trying to rotate your feet. Skidding is very important you will not be able to control your speed without it but this too should feel progressive not forced. As a guideline if you would not feel happy pointing your skis down the slope and going straight it's probably too steep for you to link fully carved turns down.

  9. Hey Darren, I really appreciate your response, i will certainly try that next time i ski. I had also wondered if the fact that I haven't sharpened my skis in about 2 seasons or so affected my carving skill? I'm fairly certain it does, haha

  10. @MclarenF1b0i That's pleasure. And yes… take those skis to a reputable ski shop and get them tuned. Blunt or burred edges and damaged bases won't just stop you carving well on hardpack and ice, they will make you ski worse no matter what snow conditions you are on!

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  12. New to skiing and find your lessons extremely helpful. I bought new skis last year and can't wait for this year's season to start. I find Alpine skiing more graceful and much more cool looking than the "telemark" ski style. I have researched it and find Alpine is for me. Thanks for all your help, I view your vids over and over again, I will download them to my ipod and take it to the slopes for a better practice and review. I just started last year but feel comfortable about carving blue runs.

  13. Thanks djgravitate, it's a run above Le Monêtier in the Serre Chevalier ski area. And yes, they were fun!

  14. No offense, but I turn the sound off and just watch this video over and over. I'm trying to print the image on my brain. I love the way you ski. That from a guy who's been skiing for almost 50 years!!

  15. I love this video. It's the simplist explanation that's the best isn't it? When I'm in a good carve I love the feeling because I'm enjoying the ride not working hard at all. Powder skiing is another thing… Still learning that fine art.

  16. @rhinoman6969 Thanks for the comment. Our goal is to keep things clear, simple and easy to understand. We have more videos about skiing powder and off piste coming out shortly. So subscribe to our channel and receive alerts when the videos go live. I'm sure you will enjoy them

  17. You won't be able to carve unless you keep your edges tuned. It also helps to have a ski built for groomed runs, traditional camber with stiff torsion. Also, if you still have rear-entry boots – this is an intervention…

  18. @AirbornProductionsV as a result of the force of a carved turn, and the angle your body needs to be at to perform a high speed turn like this, the legs need space to open up and create the angle needed to set a pure edge and the body will seem behind and in back of the equipment. Important to note, on his transition from old to new edge, the ski rides forward without any "POP" off the snow. This is a great indicator of forangular movement and proper stance.

  19. @AirbornProductionsV
    I am actually skiing in exactly the same way the conditions on the carving video are slightly different compared to the stacked video the piste is much smoother and it is allowing me to achieve greater angles.

  20. Hi Darren, any advice / tips for carving on a groomed run in the morning when the piste is hard and icy? I find it quite difficult to maintain a clean edge and have to make longer turns (skis are 13m radius) than normally able to do. I maintain my skis well and edges are ninja sharp!

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  22. @adzy166 Sounds good that your edges are ninja sharp, that would've been my first piece of advice. You have to be placed and balanced really well on the centre of the ski, from there it's a lot to do with confidence, if your mind is telling you the snow is hard and you won't grip there's a good chance you will try and turn and rotate your feet and create more of a skid than a clean carve.

  23. @IndieMovies266 I think it's because you're trying to turn too early. Before the turn really begins, you have to face the slope for a while, and then grip,while still facing the slope. Skidding comes when you want to turn too fast, take it easy^^. Last thing: when you do carving, you mustn't rotate your feet much, it's the knees who have to do the work. Hope it helps

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  26. @skilikeagolfcart I don't see my outside ski get lost once and a lot of the position that you are talking about is often because the racer is having to push the inside arm much further forward, to avoid hitting the gate, than when free skiing. There is more than one way of doing things, Have a look at this video, and bear in mind that this guy is regarded as one of the best technical ski racers of the last decade.Pallander technical compillation by coach Greg

  27. @skilikeagolfcart : Erm, The title is "Carving Ski LESSON", I dont think this guy is teaching Ski racers or anyone to FIS standards in this vid ?…wrong video, wrong comment me thinks. On aside, he's doing a bloody good job teaching people how to get into carving and to understand the basic principles. Well done ski guy !! Jeez some people!

  28. @elatemedia : ERM again.. this guy is not teaching racing…and people really dont understand your grammar.. are you apre skiing ?? Hic lol

  29. @IndieMovies266 The beginning of the turn starts with the front of the ski. If you move your (hips) forward or toward the tips of your skis between turns, your shins should pressure the front of your boot which will help engage your edges at the beginning of your turn. Play around with this on a green/blue run with lots of falline. Be patient and let the ankles initiate the new turn once you have moved your hips forward.

  30. I personally think that the carving technique is slightly different in racing and free skiing. Some emphasise pressure on outside leg by rotating and the upper body. This does give a pressure to the ski but one needs to use a lot of muscle. In free skiing, body axis is in one line, which racers feel looks too much inside. But this enables you to use the whole body weight to the skis rather than muscle only, plus the inside leg sits comfortably enough for you to control both legs.

  31. @skilikeagolfcart you should not use your hip to initiate the turn. you only have to keep the skis in good distance, enough speed on the fall line and use your upper body as the trigger. pressure must be on both skis equally (thats why no hip movement!) to make them turn correctly and evenly. Else the outer ski would turn harder and you lose your balance as the distance between skis is getting smaller. This vid is actually the best I have seen here so far (and there are a lot out there 😉 …)

  32. @skilikeagolfcart and what you refer to is called "Vorseitbeuge" in German (don´t know the english term..sorry..). That´s what we trained 30 years back and you would still make use of it today in steep terrain and ski races as this allows much more radical turns and better speed control that pure carve turns. I actually use a mix of both today.

  33. @elatemedia You are incorrect.Your shoulders should be level, if they are not, then you will loose a large amount of the possible carving angle because you will be leaning into the snow making it harder to get an edge.For example, if you look at a video of Ted, you will be able to find two points on his shoulders, draw a line, and two points on his hips with a line going through them.They will all be paralell, and a line going down the middle will be perpendicular to the ground.

  34. @elatemedia Hi darren thanks for the rpy. have been practising your advice and the results are starting to show. I've also narrowed my stance a touch and not pushed so forward on the ski – focusing, as you say, on keeping balance on centre of ski. I've also really concentrated on softening the downhill leg and this is making the carve more fluid and rounded. This was a great insight from previous video. Thanks ever so much for taking time to reply. Very Generous. Top Bloke!

  35. I haven't skied since the shaped skis came. When I used to ski on straight skis I did all my turns whether carve or not with my skis close together because I could. Is the idea now to keep your feet apart with the shaped skis. Thanks

  36. @pbr2424 Generally speaking about hip with apart is a good general stance, skiers used to be told to keep their feet close together because it was perceived to look better but even in the 40s if you look at footage of downhill skier their feet will be much wider it is simply more efficient ,thanks enjoy the next time you ski.

  37. @elatemedia wow, I've only ever been skiing once and it was there!!! I thought I recognized it but it was a half hearted guess!

  38. @Nickb2266 It sounds like you are trying to do too much too soon,don't lean into the tern progressively roll your knees and ankles and gradually try to build your edges rather then whack them on I hope this helps.

  39. I am an advanced skiier, but weigh 115 kgs, and I find the tail of my skiis lose grip, they are atomic beta rides 9,22 from about 7 years back. They are a kind of 70% n piste, 30% on piste ski. Do you think heavier skiiers should ski harder more advanced skiis with firm tails?

  40. Saw you instructing in serre che last week, watched this video before I arrived – really well explained and produced video as well. Enjoy the fresh snow tomorrow!

  41. I can't remember how many times have i seen this video.Amazing skills and great explanation of the art of skiing.Thanks Mr Turner.

  42. There is no point of skidding , ur just destroying the ski pist , u should only skidd when u are stopping , carving is enabling u to ski more faster and relaxed , if u are skidding all the pist u are just putting a lot of pressure on your legs 🙂

  43. Of course there is a point to skidding, it controls your speed even World Cup races skid.I would love to see some footage of you linking carved turns down a very steep and bumpy slope, skidding it is an important skill for skiing.

  44. You would skid a bit in short radius turns or jump turns. A term used is 'controlled skidding' All out of control skidding is bad

  45. There is always scope for skidding. Side slipping, short radius and jump turns all involve a bit, but if on a well prepared piste carving always looks best.

  46. Quite a lots of people think skidding is a bad thing it will help control speed, you can carve all turns short and long but skidding is an important part of skiing.

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  48. Awsome video!!!! Just came back from a day skii trip. (2nd day on skiis, my first was 1 year ago, lol) Mastered carving on beginner slope and 2 of the intermediate slopes and i thought i was ready for the diamond slope but i could not control the speed after I carved into turns because i was going faster than what i was ready for towards the net at the edge of the slope. Key word IS 'Committment' to the turn. Which video will help me with control speed on a steep slope? Thanks. 

  49. Hi Darren, Thanks a million for this video. I watched it before my day trip to Ragged Mtn. NH. I used this technique and it made a tremendous difference. I was able to ski down black diamonds as comfortably as I used to ski blues. Wonderful instructions. It was simply amazing to me what a 2 minute video could do my skiing ability.

    Thanks again,
    Firaz

  50. This video tells you what a carved turn is, but it doesn't really tell you how to achieve it. If you are struggling to make a carved turn you are probably not in balance and likely too far back and your weight is on your heals. The key to fixing this is ankle flex. Make sure your ankles are properly flexed as you enter the turn. This will allow you to get your weight on the sweet spot of the ski. If you are having trouble flexing your ankles, or if you can't tell whether or not they are flexed, try making the top of your toes touch the top of the ski boot as you enter the turn. It's impossible to do this if your ankles are not flexed.

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