Expert Lessons – Edge Pressure

Expert Lessons #7.3 – Edge Pressure

Expert Ski Lessons #7.3 – Edge Pressure

In this ski lesson instructor Darren Turner looks at using edge pressure and control to dictate your turn shape. Mastering this skill will give you more control over your carving and general skiing.

If you roll the skis on to their edge you will turn thanks to the shape of the skis. But as an expert skier you need more control over what the skis are doing.

Using pressure and edge you can dictate the radius of the turns.

Here on edging both skis and they are turning, but I’m simply riding the ski as a passenger, and just letting the ski dictate the turn. If I become more active and push through the skis I can influence the turn shape. The more I push the tighter and more dynamic the turns become.

As the speeds and edge angle start to increase you’re going to feel a huge amount of pressure build up through the turn especially at the end, and this is where you need to be able to manage these pressures. So right at the end of the turn I can soften and bend my legs, release the edges and let my body flow towards the next turn.

Gradually experiment with the pressure and feel how it affects your turns. Feel how much to push and when to release to achieve different results. Once you get the feeling this your performance will go through the roof.

Now that you’ve got a good strong body position you can control your edges and the pressure, you’re well on your way to being an expert skier.

This ski lesson series is aimed at building on your advanced skiing technique and helping make you an Expert all mountain skier.

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