Lift your carve game to be a cut above – Boston Herald

Raising your carve game is a great gift to give yourself. And even the best skiers sometimes need a brush.

Especially if you have purchased new equipment, it is a good idea to spend some time working on these turns.

Some tips for that:

Take a group cruiser lesson. Talk to the ski school in advance and let them know that you really want to focus on carving and want to attend a lesson where you do just that. Most areas have such lessons – and if you really want to focus, you have to pay the extra money for a private one. (Although I admit that I find group lessons better for carving; you can also pick up tips from the other skiers, and carving is something most people understand and like to work with).

Find a ski camp: Multi-day ski camps usually work on more than one technique, but carving is always one of them. A multi-day program can help you really build your cutout finesse as you have time to really dig deep and work on change. A ski camp often has varied conditions (one day with new snow, another prepared), so it gives you a chance to carve better in all kinds of conditions. In addition, ski camps are super fun.

Follow the leader: Every time I ski with my friend Pam, I improve. That’s because she’s a master of carving, and best of all, really loves to carve. So I follow in her footsteps, trying not only to turn where she does, but to get into my cut, as she does. It helps.

Find your friends who carve really well and just follow them all day while skiing (you might even offer to pay for their lift pass!). It may not give you the detailed details of a lesson, but you will see: almost at osmosis, the large cut will seep into your runs and turns.

Tuning your skis: Seriously, fine-tune your skis. It’s cheap and easy (most areas can at least make a quick tune right at their base. Or plan and drop them off at a local ski shop for work). Well-tuned skis make all the difference, and far too many of us forget that step. Today’s skis are so responsive when well tuned that they almost automatically increase your carve ability.

Just do it: Spend one day on all cruisers all day. Ignore the run and bump of the tree, and build your carving muscle memory instead. You get a wealth of verticals, have more than a few giggles and most of all, better your craft. The only thing that day needs for perfection is a goggle tan.

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