This week a student in a private lesson came to me and stated "I'm having problems with my turns. I can only carve sometimes and sometimes I go back into a snowplow" and "I'm having some fear/control problems"

I took this skier out for a warm up run. No instructions, Let's just go warm up and I'll take a look.

Advanced wedge christies most of the time and a few open parallel turns. maybe one scarved turn and that got going too fast so a quick braking wedge ended that turn. Relatively good fore/aft balance, maybe a little aft.

Got hung up in a locked edge sometimes so couldn't get the skis matched.

On the next ride up I asked, Who said you need to learn to carve? (just curious) and the response was "my last instructor" and something about carving is the next step for this student so they had tried to work on getting the skis locked on the edges.. :

I decided to start with the total opposite which turned out to be the correct option.

I started with trying to teach this student to make very skidded wide swath turns but very round and "C" Shaped. We practiced side slipping, drifting, learning to feather the edges. This whole process helped bring back a great deal of speed control and comfort. It also began the process of learning to be on matching edges instead of opposing edges. Navigating icey patches and powder together became an after thought instead of a fear generating skid. The skis began to match earlier and earlier in the turn without even trying.

For most of the rest of the lesson we re-inforced the feeling of great control and smooth comfortable turns in all kinds of terrain. I had this student follow me as I made long sweeping turns, boxy square-ish turns, short turns, all mixed together. This made the student adjust their edges ever so slightly to keep and maintain the shapes of turns I did and still carry speed around the turn. Then I made the student take a run while I followed. The task was to make all the same size and shape turns all the way down regardless of the terrain slope and rolls of the hill. Lo and behold there were skidded turns, almost carved turns, higher edge angles, flatter edge angles, etc..

At the wrap up, I asked "Did we carve any turns?" the response, was "sort of and sometimes" I then commented on how well they managed the speed and control. How there were a few oop's what seemed to cause them. I gave them some suggestions for exercises but reminded them not to always ski exercises but go out and play too (too boring otherwise) and then explained their learning about all the various edge angles they could use, one extreme of the spectrum is the full carve, the other edge of the spectrum is the flat ski. Learn to use them all and the carve will come.

Carving may be great fun but so can the rest of the spectrum.

One Very happy and much more comfortable recreational skier!

I took this skier out for a warm up run. No instructions, Let's just go warm up and I'll take a look.

Advanced wedge christies most of the time and a few open parallel turns. maybe one scarved turn and that got going too fast so a quick braking wedge ended that turn. Relatively good fore/aft balance, maybe a little aft.

Got hung up in a locked edge sometimes so couldn't get the skis matched.

On the next ride up I asked, Who said you need to learn to carve? (just curious) and the response was "my last instructor" and something about carving is the next step for this student so they had tried to work on getting the skis locked on the edges.. :

I decided to start with the total opposite which turned out to be the correct option.

I started with trying to teach this student to make very skidded wide swath turns but very round and "C" Shaped. We practiced side slipping, drifting, learning to feather the edges. This whole process helped bring back a great deal of speed control and comfort. It also began the process of learning to be on matching edges instead of opposing edges. Navigating icey patches and powder together became an after thought instead of a fear generating skid. The skis began to match earlier and earlier in the turn without even trying.

For most of the rest of the lesson we re-inforced the feeling of great control and smooth comfortable turns in all kinds of terrain. I had this student follow me as I made long sweeping turns, boxy square-ish turns, short turns, all mixed together. This made the student adjust their edges ever so slightly to keep and maintain the shapes of turns I did and still carry speed around the turn. Then I made the student take a run while I followed. The task was to make all the same size and shape turns all the way down regardless of the terrain slope and rolls of the hill. Lo and behold there were skidded turns, almost carved turns, higher edge angles, flatter edge angles, etc..

At the wrap up, I asked "Did we carve any turns?" the response, was "sort of and sometimes" I then commented on how well they managed the speed and control. How there were a few oop's what seemed to cause them. I gave them some suggestions for exercises but reminded them not to always ski exercises but go out and play too (too boring otherwise) and then explained their learning about all the various edge angles they could use, one extreme of the spectrum is the full carve, the other edge of the spectrum is the flat ski. Learn to use them all and the carve will come.

Carving may be great fun but so can the rest of the spectrum.

One Very happy and much more comfortable recreational skier!