How can I improve my turns?

So you're an expert skier? But are you sure that you really know how to turn using the right technique? To find out, I went to meet Wed'ze Product Engineer and Ski Instructor Maud Page, who tells us how to improve our turns.



Hello Maud, can you tell us how to turn on skis?

There are two techniques for changing direction in skiing and in snowboarding: skidding and carving. Both have the same stages, i.e., entering the turn, turning and exiting the turn.



Can you tell us the difference between those types of turns?

Skidded turns are popular with beginners because they're easy to learn and quite instinctive. Whether you're on skis or a snowboard, you can use skidded turns to stop quickly, and they're ideal for fairly low speeds. But that technique does have its limitations: it doesn't give you a lot of control, and it's not right for small spaces. If you want to improve your technique, carve turns are the next step—they help you control your skis more.





Do you have any carving tips for skiers?

The key to good carving is leaning on the outside ski. When you lean over, you force the ski to bend so that the edge digs into the snow. My advice so that your skis bend correctly: before you really start leaning, put your weight on your outside ski, knee turned in so that your ankle is flexed, and keep your chest slightly forward at all times to maintain contact and control your skis.


For successful carving, it's important to go into the turn in the right way. Can you tell us more?

The secret is in the weight transfer, i.e., the time when you shift your weight from one ski to another to go in the right direction and start your turn. To do that properly, when you move from one ski to another, you'll want to try to find the right balance by slowly moving your feet apart until you have enough stability. Then all you have to do is lean over, and you'll soon get the feel for it.



And do you have any particular advice for snowboarders?

Physically, snowboards are very large skis that you use side-on instead of straight-on. The glide techniques are similar, there's skidding and carving. For turns the requirements are the same: for successful carving, you have to go into the turn in the right way, and to do that you need to shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or vice versa, and find the right balance.


Anything to add?

I would just say that linking turns together means that you can change direction without losing balance or speed. That's how we measure your progress: little by little try to link carve turns more often and more quickly; your technique will improve and so will your fitness. There's nothing better than a great big slope to test yourself and assess your level. So get out there and feel that adrenaline pumping!