Ski Carving Tips

3 Simple Carving Tips For Every Level

We've been building all-new, interactive drills for the Carv app with Kaylin Richardson. On the shoot we caught up with her and asked her to share 3 quick tips for skiers looking to improve their carving game.

She took us right back to the basics with a few concepts that she often see's both intermediates and advanced skiers getting wrong.

  • If you're already a great carver, try these out on the first day back on skis to regain your control.
  • If you're just starting out, focus on each of these tips alongside an in-depth carving tutorial.

Watch her advice

Get to grips with the snow this winter and trench some groomers.

Kaylin's 3 quick tips to improve your carving

  1. Take it back a notch to an easier piste - a blue or a green. Focus on your 'touch' on the snow. Build muscle memory and trust in your edges there before developing your carving on anything steeper.
  2. Move forward with your hips not just your arms. Lift your hips upwards and forwards as you initiate the next turn. Many skiers will sit back, stick their arms out forwards and think they are pressuring the boot with forwards lean. You need to lift your weight upwards and forwards at your hips to engage the shovels of the skis effectively as you roll your ankles then knees into the turn.
  3. Build a stable platform with a shoulder-width stance. Let your skis do the work, but keep your base stable and ready to handle any terrain as you make those railroad track turns.

Carv Tip: Try the edge angle monitor

If you're using Carv, the edge angle monitor will give you a live audio feed of your edge angle for every turn as you ski.

  1. Try to ramp this up from 20 to 70 smoothly, turn by turn.
  2. Notice if you are finding it easier to control your angle turning left or right. Your post run edging summary will certainly help you see this (shown on the left for a well-balanced skier). If you see one side of the turn heatmap with earlier and stronger edge initiation, you know to focus on the weaker side with a garland exercise or similar.