The Turn Technician

Your Skiing Profile

Impressive! You're an accomplished technical skier consistently exhibiting advanced carving turns. You maintain an impressive level of control over your skiing, achieving good edge angles across a wide variety of terrain.

At your level, subtle improvements will make a big difference to your skiing. Focus on early edge engagement and you'll carve smoother and longer arcs, giving you more control through the turn and the ability to find higher edge angles.

Read on to find out how.

Carv is the world's first digital ski coach. Built with world-class instructors, the Carv wearable provides personalised coaching and real-time audio feedback as you ski.

We've developed Ski:IQ™ as a quantified score of your skiing technique. While we can only estimate your Ski:IQ™ based on the quiz, with Carv in your ski boots you'll be able to discover your real Ski:IQ™.

Technique Teardown

Here's how a run summary might look for you on the Carv app.

At every technique level, there are key skills to master that will take your skiing to the next level. Two very important skill areas for you are Balance and Edging.

The feet and ankles are important connectors between the angle of the skis and the position of your body as you turn.

  • Roll onto your edges and keep your ankles aligned with the ski edges. This will help you to stay balanced and improve the strength of your body position.
  • Imagine you have no boots on but your feet are glued to your skis. Rather than pushing your legs against the side of your boots, use your feet to roll the skis over.

Edge similarity is an important skill for high-level carving, indicating that your skis are edging in parallel and your weight is firmly on the outside ski as you roll your knees into a new turn.

  • To improve your edge similarity, imagine you are holding a glass of wine between your ski boots. Do not break the wine glass, but pour the wine out as you tilt your skis.

Your next steps

Tip no.1

Edge Similarity

As you develop more consistent carving turns, it's important to be aware of the movement of both skis.

To improve your edge similarity, focus on keeping the shins parallel to each other by unweighting your inside ski and rolling both the inside and outside skis together.

Find a gentle blue and focus on edging the skis together, letting the curvature of the ski guide you through the turn. If you have Carv, try the Edge Similarity Monitor to hear your edge similarity, live on every turn.

Tip no.2

Railway Tracks

Often it can be difficult to get objective feedback on your skiing. One easy way to do so is to look at the physical marks you leave in the snow.

By stopping halfway down a run to check your tracks, you should look for 'railway tracks' in the snow, indicating that you're transitioning from one edge to the other seamlessly.

You should aim to feel like you are skiing on rails, with the ski design helping you to not lose grip and propelling you into the new turn.

Tip no.3

Early Edge Engagement

Carv Ambassador and APSI Level 4 Instructor Tom Gellie breaks down three tips for early edge engagement.
How early do you engage your edges?

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These simple tips can make a large difference in your skiing. With early edge engagement, you'll be achieving consistent high-edge angle carving turns. Focusing on your balance and edging, in particular, will unlock your next level.

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