HOW TO INCREASE YOUR EDGE ANGLE | 4 Skiing Tips from a Pro

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR EDGE ANGLE | 4 Skiing Tips from a Pro


hi everyone welcome to beautiful Soelden
today I’ve got perfect conditions for carving turns slopes are amazingly
prepared let me introduce myself i’m Tomas i’m a level 4 trainer examiner
two times interski demo team member carving for me it’s a roller coaster
carving for me it’s my favorite style of skiing carving means big and high edge
angles today I’m gonna talk to you about how to
increase those edge angles. Before we go skiing my first tip is to jump from side to side – from foot to foot Try to carve with no skis on. You need to build up your platform underneath your outside ski before you start building that edge
angle. A great way to experience that is simply jumping from one foot on
to the other over your skis. This is what it looks like Next up, my tip number two will be
skating. Have you ever ice skated or rollerbladed? It’s pretty much the same.
We’ll take our jumping from foot to foot and we’ll put it back into skiing. We will
skate down the mountain we’ll move from outside ski to outside ski in order to increase the
edge angle. Try to maintain contact with the snow all the time, just feel,
imagine yourself – you are skating in the ice rink… pretty much the same sensations.
Let’s test it out. After we feel good about skating down
the mountain now we will try to execute our turn on the outside key. So jumping
from foot to foot as well as skating requires us to move our legs freely
underneath a stable upper body in order to create the angulation. The outside ski drill
is a great exercise which is gonna tell you whether you are good at that or not. Start off from the lower position and try to expand your outside leg
from the platform you should feel a nice gradual edge increase and pressure increase. In between the turns put your uphill ski back into the snow
as soon as it touches the ground lift your old outside ski in the air and try to start executing the next turn purely on your
outside ski. Make sure you are extending away from the platform from your foot in
the same manner we learned in our first steps. All these drills are helping us to
execute better carving turns. I’ve been using my Carv edge angle monitor to
really receive direct feedback from my feet, from my skis, how my edge angle is
developing throughout the turn. Pretty cool! In today’s carving session we went through four very basic tips to help you to achieve a higher edge angle. We did a bit of a hopping from foot to
foot. We put this hopping into skiing and we used some skating in order to feel it
while going down the mountain. We also did a one ski (outside ski) drill which
is really giving us feedback whether we are over the outside ski, balanced over
the outside ski or not. Our Carv units are providing us with the
feedback – how our edge angle is developing throughout the turn.
Test it out and remember skiing is a game! See you next time

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