The Parallel Perfectionist

Your Skiing Profile

With an estimated Ski:IQ™ of less than 80, you’ll be looking to feel confident wherever you are on the slopes. Every trip to the mountains is a learning opportunity. You might feel stuck on some days, and have a total breakthrough on others. Let's push you towards the latter!

At this stage of your skiing journey, you're likely to be building your confidence with parallel turns. Let's find your next level so you can feel at home on blue, red, and even some black runs. Read on for a few key tips to help you to cruise down the pistes in style.

Carv developed Ski:IQ™ as a quantified estimate of your skiing technique.

While we can’t measure your actual Ski:IQ™ unless you ski with Carv in your boots, here’s an estimate of your score breakdown based on your responses to the Ski:IQ™ quiz.

Your Ski:IQ™ is formulated through a combined evaluation of 4 fundamental skiing attributes: Balance, Edging, Rotation, and Pressure.

See the Carv app below for your estimated score breakdown in these 4 key areas.

Your Ski:IQ™ Breakdown

At the end of a run with Carv, you'll receive a Ski:IQ™ score which is then broken down into scores for each of the 4 key skiing skills. You can see your estimated scores in the app shown here. Expand the tips below to see a fuller explanation of each score.

As an intermediate skier developing your parallel turns, you’re likely to have a good understanding of how important a forward stance is to keeping your balance on the slopes.

To take your balance score into the good section, imagine your skis are a see-saw. At the beginning of the turn, tip the see-saw gently forwards using your feet, and back to a centred balance at the end of the turn.

The ski turn is a mixture of skidding and edging (or leaning to turn). If you're confident with your ability to link up turns for an entire run, it's time to make that parallel skiing dynamic.

To find that next level in your skiing, it's all about getting acquainted with the edges of your skis and letting them find grip in the snow as you turn. This can be a daunting step to make, but it's worth keeping in the back of your mind for now.

Rotation in skiing is all about keeping your skis as parallel as possible, even as you turn on steep slopes or in tricky conditions.

To help keep your skis parallel throughout the turn, and improve your parallel index, imagine you have lasers coming out of your knees. As you turn, try to make sure that the lasers do not cross over each other.

You're a nimble skier who's confident with an athletic stance on the slopes. But to improve your pressure in skiing, it's all about getting your weight onto the outside ski so that you have more control through the turns.

To improve your outside ski pressure, imagine you are pedalling a bike. Use your legs to transition the pressure onto the new outside ski at the start of each turn.

The Key to Your Next Level

Rotation

Drill: Railway Tracks

To improve your rotation throughout the turn, it's important to keep your skis as parallel as possible.

Imagine you are skiing on railway tracks. Try to keep your skis parallel throughout the turn by turning them at the same time. Try to avoid making a snowplough (or pizza), and let the gradient of the slope slow you down as you turn into the mountain.

Try: Skiing to the beat

Turning symmetrically in both directions will allow you to ski with greater flow and control. To make sure that your turns are the same strength, try skiing to the beat.

Next time you're on the slopes, put in earphones and listen to some music with a strong beat. Try and turn to the beat to build up a strong, regular skiing rhythm.

Watch: How to Ski with Rhythm