When you’re skiing, you want to feel the sense of freedom of taking over the slopes. While enjoying the winter experience there are a lot of things to think about, but the last thing on your mind is what you’re doing wrong with your skiing technique. CARV has put down the top 4 mistakes a skier doesn’t know that they are making.
Balance is key to skiing. Without it, you cannot achieve the correct edging technique. Most often, skiers tend to lean too far back. A key tip is to have weight distributed at the front and an even weight across both feet.
One of the most important skills in skiing is proper edging. This refers to the tilting of the skis at a low edge angle to the slope while turning. A mistake can be made when skiers don’t tilt their skis together symmetrically, often referred to as ‘A-framing’.
Rotary movements relate to changing the direction of your skis. Combining rotary movements along with balance, edging and pressure allows you to change directions more efficiently. Not keeping your skis parallel is a mistake many skiers make, and is a key way to differentiate between an advanced and novice skier.
The skill of pressure control is sometimes described as one of the harder skills to tackle while skiing. The amount of pressure that is applied to the skis, and where you place it in the turn, allows you to control your turning and edging. It is key to get the amount and distribution of pressure correct, so be sure to not put too much pressure on the inside ski.
Carv gives feedback to fix all the little things you’re doing wrong without paying for a ski instructor every time. Carv maps out a 3D image of your foot pressure and ski orientation on every turn by measuring 35 metrics in real-time. These 35 metrics go into a framework Carv has developed alongside the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) which has been adapted for a global audience.
Sometimes the most experienced skiers make mistakes they don’t even realise, after picking up bad habits. For example, Jonathan Ballou, director of Operations for the ski and snowboard school at Aspen Snowmass and member of the PSIA Alpine Education team, commented after using Carv “I can see that over my skiing today, I changed some of the things that I was working on based off seeing different data than I thought I was feeling.”
For the first time, skiers can objectively be told where they’re going wrong with their skiing. Carv instantaneously picks up on these mistakes that skiers don’t even know they are making.