Teaching Ski Carving

Teaching Ski Carving
One of the thrills of skiing on contemporary ski equipment is teaching new skiers how to carve turns on shaped skis. Using the correct approach, teaching skiers how to ski on their edges is challenging and fun, but can be frustrating if you don't approach it correctly. Here is some advice on how to teach carving turns.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Skiing Stance

Things You’ll Need:
  • Skis
  • Skis
Step 1
Ask your students to stand directly over their feet, with their feet underneath their hips. Instruct them to avoid letting their feet drift too close together or too far apart.
Step 2
Instruct your students to stand with their weight evenly distributed over the soles of their feet. There should be equal weight distribution between their heels and toes.
Step 3
Teach your students to bend their ankles, knees and hips. Ask them to apply additional pressure against the front of their boots by pressing their knees forward. Tell them to avoid bending forward at the waist.
Step 4
Instruct them to hold their hands to the sides and slightly ahead of their hips, like they are holding onto the ends of imaginary bicycle handlebars.
Step 5
Demonstrate standing tall while looking up at the surrounding scenery. Caution them that looking down at their skis will cause them to sit back on the tails of their skis.

Learning to Use the Edges of the Skis

Step 1
Choose a beginner's slope that is wide and relatively free from traffic. Try to pick a run that has just been groomed and does not have moguls, bumps or drops.
Step 2
Demonstrate the first exercise by pointing your skis across the run, approximately 10 degrees downhill. Push off and allow your skis to traverse the run. If your skis slip sideways, roll both of your knees uphill until you track straight across the run.
Step 3
Continue rolling your knees uphill until you are gliding on the uphill edges of your skis. Allow your skis to slightly slide sideways.
Step 4
Roll your skis onto their edges until you feel the skis turning uphill. Bend your knees forward against the front of your boots as you begin to pick up speed.
Step 5
Hold the turn uphill until you come to a complete stop. Ask the student to demonstrate the same type of turn. Repeat the uphill turn in the opposite direction.

Completing a Carved Turn

Step 1
Point your skis straight downhill on a beginning run. Using the tips above for the correct stance and demonstrate a beginning carved turn by pressing your knees forward while rolling your knees toward the inside of the turn.
Step 2
Continue rolling your knees into the turn until you feel your skis turning in the desired direction. Instruct your students not to "steer" or force the turn. Their skis should do the turning.
Step 3
Release your uphill edges when you are perpendicular to the gravity line and get ready to demonstrate the next turn by skidding the tails of your skis into direction of the new turn.
Step 4
Roll your skis onto the "new" set of uphill edges and repeat the steps above.
Step 5
Demonstrate a complete carved turn by rolling your skis onto the edges of both skis that are on the inside of your turn as you begin to carve your turns earlier in the sequence. The goal is to enter your turns on your skis' edges, without steering your skis.

Tips & Warnings

 
Avoid high traffic areas.

Article Written By Allen Smith

Allen Smith is an award-winning freelance writer living in Vail, Colo. He writes about health, fitness and outdoor sports. Smith has a master's degree in exercise physiology and an exercise specialist certification with the American College of Sports Medicine at San Diego State University.

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